selfless reason / unselfish reason

apella

New Member
Polish
Hello everyone,
In an exam paper I had to complete the following sentence with a word formed from the word self.

Another way to be happy is to cultivate altruism - it's scientifically proven that people who become volunteers for ______________ reasons have a longer life expectancy.

I now know that the right answer is selfless, but what about unselfish? Could it be used in this context? Can it describe a reason?
 
  • grassy

    Senior Member
    Polish
    I'd say it's also correct. There are many hits in Google for both "unselfish reasons" and "selfish reasons".
     

    Scrawny goat

    Senior Member
    English - Ireland
    Isn’t it an odd sentence? Who becomes a volunteer for a selfish reason? I would say that both ‘selfless’ and ‘unselfish’ are redundant.
     

    grassy

    Senior Member
    Polish
    Isn’t it an odd sentence? Who becomes a volunteer for a selfish reason? I would say that both ‘selfless’ and ‘unselfish’ are redundant.
    I can think of a couple of cases: e.g. people who want to travel to some places and hope that the charity they work for will cover the airfare, lodging and food that they otherwise wouldn't afford.
     
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