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[help-fuh l] /ˈhɛlp fəl/
giving or rendering aid or assistance; of service:
Your comments were very helpful.
Origin of helpful
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
useful, convenient; beneficial, advantageous.
useless, inconvenient. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for helpfulness
  • But it will become a reality only through self-restraint and active effort in friendliness and helpfulness.
  • Everything is geared toward making visitors happy, with an emphasis on professionalism and helpfulness.
  • Courtesy and helpfulness seem to be the social grease.
  • Anecdotal evidence suggests that a common reason for choosing a particular school is the helpfulness of the admissions office.
  • So, the latest target of mom's uncontrollable helpfulness is another dining companion who is deaf.
  • He stood before us expectantly, radiating goodwill and helpfulness.
  • Various critics in a spirit of helpfulness have suggested several other ways of going about it.
  • We will be known for our expertise, helpfulness, and creativity.
  • Establishes an environment of helpfulness, courtesy and civility.
British Dictionary definitions for helpfulness


serving a useful function; giving help
Derived Forms
helpfully, adverb
helpfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for helpfulness



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

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