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helpful

[help-fuh l] /ˈhɛlp fəl/
adjective
1.
giving or rendering aid or assistance; of service:
Your comments were very helpful.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; see help, -ful
Related forms
helpfully, adverb
helpfulness, noun
overhelpful, adjective
overhelpfully, adverb
overhelpfulness, noun
quasi-helpful, adjective
quasi-helpfully, adverb
unhelpful, adjective
unhelpfully, adverb
Synonyms
useful, convenient; beneficial, advantageous.
Antonyms
useless, inconvenient.
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Examples for helpful
  • What was once regarded as beneficial has proved to be less helpful than advertised or even potentially harmful to your health.
  • Various all-digital campuses could collaborate to develop specifications for such helpful software as well as open-source tools.
  • Being able to create genetic variants of prairie voles to order would therefore be helpful to research.
  • Mustard also contains vinegar, which some people find helpful against heartburn.
  • Ladybugs are helpful to the environment and control pests in the landscape.
  • Plus, there are plenty of helpful tips that you can add to your repertoire and that will help you become a better builder.
  • So listing these working papers can be helpful in yearly evaluations.
  • At first sight, this skink-savaging may not seem all that helpful to the honey-bush.
  • In the meerkat version, this helpful behavior is set in the context of a strong social hierarchy.
  • But in daily life, researchers studying older people have found, cortisol might be helpful in getting the forlorn out of bed.
British Dictionary definitions for helpful

helpful

/ˈhɛlpfʊl/
adjective
1.
serving a useful function; giving help
Derived Forms
helpfully, adverb
helpfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for helpful
adj.

late 14c., from help (n.) + -ful. Related: Helpfully; helpfulness.

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