“al·tru·ism …

noun \ˈal-trü-ˌi-zəm\
Definition of ALTRUISM

: unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others
: behavior by an animal that is not beneficial to or may be harmful to itself but that benefits others of its species

— al·tru·ist noun
— al·tru·is·tic adjective
— al·tru·is·ti·cal·ly adverb”


Altruism is a well-documented animal behaviour, which appears most obviously in kin relationships but may also be evident amongst wider social groups, in which an animal sacrifices its own well-being for the benefit of another animal


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