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‘Altruism’ refers to feelings or actions that show an unselfish regard for others, even if it brings disadvantage to oneself. It is usually a deeply held principle or core moral practice of an individual. For that reason, such actions are not based on friendship, family ties, or loyalty, but merely on a moral obligation to be of benefit to others in the world.
I fully expect Claire to keep all the bonus money for herself. She’s not known for her altruism.
To restore the country’s standing in the world, we should take a more altruistic approach to foreign policy.
Tom is an altruist, which is why he volunteers to work as an NGO in that developing country, despite the dangers.