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 Dictionary entry overview: What does selfishness mean? 

  The noun SELFISHNESS has 1 sense:

1. stinginess resulting from a concern for your own welfare and a disregard of others

  Familiarity information: SELFISHNESS used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1selfishness [BACK TO TOP]


Stinginess resulting from a concern for your own welfare and a disregard of others

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("selfishness" is a kind of...):

stinginess (a lack of generosity; a general unwillingness to part with money)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "selfishness"):

greediness; rapaciousness; voraciousness (an excessive desire for wealth (usually in large amounts))

expedience; opportunism; self-interest; self-seeking (taking advantage of opportunities without regard for the consequences for others)


unselfishness (the quality of not putting yourself first but being willing to give your time or money or effort etc. for others)

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