helpful

adjective
help·​ful | \ ˈhelp-fəl How to pronounce helpful (audio) ; Southern often ˈhep- also ˈheəp-\

Definition of helpful

: of service or assistance : useful a helpful neighbor helpful advice just trying to be helpful

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Other Words from helpful

helpfully \ ˈhelp-​fə-​lē How to pronounce helpfully (audio) \ adverb
helpfulness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for helpful

Synonyms

conducive, facilitative, useful

Antonyms

unhelpful, useless

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Examples of helpful in a Sentence

A helpful neighbor shoveled our walkway. a kind and helpful person

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And if parental arguments recur or drag on for more than a week, offering reassurance can be helpful for children. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Right Ways to Argue in Front of Your Children," 22 Apr. 2019 Unlike classic headstand, this pose allows the neck to lengthen freely, which is especially helpful for those with a curve imbalance. Lauren Depino, Glamour, "My Scoliosis Caused Me Pain and Shame—Then It Helped Me Learn to Find Alignment," 10 Apr. 2019 Garlow is on the same accord, adding that Advil or Ibuprofen can be helpful for pain relief to calm the skin down after the service. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "How to Make Your Bikini Wax Less Painful, According to Experts," 1 Apr. 2019 Getting enough fiber helps lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels, prevents certain cancers, eases constipation and keeps you feeling full for longer, which is helpful for weight management. Cara Rosenbloom, chicagotribune.com, "Ignore calories and BMI. Here are the health numbers that really matter.," 9 July 2018 The groups are also helpful for planning girls nights without the kids and finding people to answer tricky questions that come with being part of military life. Taylor Seely, USA TODAY, "MOM FRIENDS | PART 2: Are Facebook groups the answer to finding fellow parent friends?," 3 July 2018 Sure, a candy bar at noon is the same as a candy bar at midnight, but interval eating can be helpful for people who have a difficult time managing boredom bites. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "Everything You Need to Know About the Dubrow Diet," 29 Jan. 2019 Rasch did note that the lower temperatures and higher humidity can also be helpful for fighting fires. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Why was Sacramento suddenly cloudy this morning? Blame Fabio, weather experts say," 6 July 2018 In the meantime there’s another helpful result, published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters last week. Joshua Sokol, Scientific American, "Gravitational Waves Reveal the Hearts of Neutron Stars," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of helpful

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for helpful

see help entry 1

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helpful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of helpful

: making it easier to do a job, deal with a problem, etc. : giving help
: willing to help other people

helpful

adjective
help·​ful | \ ˈhelp-fəl How to pronounce helpful (audio) \

Kids Definition of helpful

: providing help a helpful idea

Other Words from helpful

helpfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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