unhelpful

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

Definition of unhelpful

: offering no assistance : not helpful a rude, unhelpful person a confusing and unhelpful textbook

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Other Words from unhelpful

unhelpfully adverb
unhelpfulness noun

Examples of unhelpful in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the end, feeling out of control is the result of letting your brain run in a groove that’s unhelpful and unproductive. Melody Wilding, Forbes, "How to Stop Negative Thoughts From Ruining Your Day," 1 Mar. 2021 For biographer Smith, little could or should change about the monarchy while Elizabeth II reigns, and attempts to pit transatlantic family members against one another are unhelpful. NBC News, "Meghan and Harry's Oprah interview revealed cultural divide between U.K. and America," 20 Mar. 2021 These unhelpful thoughts may have served us in the past, but are no longer productive. Melody Wilding, Forbes, "How to Stop Negative Thoughts From Ruining Your Day," 1 Mar. 2021 Reframing unhelpful thoughts and beliefs is a crucial step towards food freedom. Ziba Redif, SELF, "What to Do If You’re Feeling Out of Control Around Food," 23 Feb. 2021 Still, the tone and substance of that criticism were unhelpful—even counterproductive. Siva Vaidhyanathan, The New Republic, "Making Sense of the Facebook Menace," 5 Jan. 2021 By then, West Wing staffers monitoring initial videos of the protesters on TV and social media were already worried that the situation was escalating and felt that Trump’s tweet attacking Pence was unhelpful. Anchorage Daily News, "Six hours of paralysis: Inside Trump’s failure to act after a mob stormed the Capitol," 12 Jan. 2021 By then, West Wing staffers monitoring initial videos of the protesters on TV and social media were already worried that the situation was escalating and felt that Trump's tweet attacking Pence was unhelpful. Star Tribune, "Six hours of paralysis: Inside Trump's failure to act after a mob stormed the Capitol," 12 Jan. 2021 There are numerous complaints that customer support is unresponsive or unhelpful, screenshots show. Los Angeles Times, "Unfair ratings cost some Instacart shoppers hundreds a week. Here’s what’s happening," 21 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of unhelpful

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

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“Unhelpful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unhelpful. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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unhelpful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unhelpful

: giving no help : not helpful or useful

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