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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 of helpful
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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  • He was a young man from Montpelier, just beginning to practise, and very mysterious and technical and modern and unhelpful.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
  • In southern Gaul, as it happens, archaeological remains are unhelpful.

    Ancient Town-Planning F. Haverfield
  • "I don't know," he replied, appearing more helpless and unhelpful than he really was.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • It is good for nothing else that I know of: strong; but unhelpful and unthoughtful.

  • And to this man she must present herself, late, penniless and unhelpful.

    The City of Delight Elizabeth Miller
British Dictionary definitions for unhelpful

unhelpful

/ʌnˈhɛlpfʊl/
adjective
1.
not serving a useful function

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 unhelpful
adj.

1590s, from un- (1) "not" + helpful. Related: Unhelpfully; unhelpfulness.

helpful

adj.

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

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