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cannot help but

Definition of cannot help but

  1. :  to be unable to not do (something) <We couldn't help but laugh.>



Word by Word Definitions

cannotplay
  1. :  can not

helpplay
  1. :  to give assistance or support to

    :  to make more pleasant or bearable :  improve, relieve

    :  rescue, save

  1. :  aid, assistance

    :  a source of aid

    :  remedy, relief


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