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

Other Words from unhelpful

unhelpfully adverb
unhelpfulness noun

Examples of unhelpful in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since the user won’t get prompts like that in real life, your results will be unhelpful. Kevin Philpott, Forbes, 15 June 2022 Cost burden is another formulaic answer to housing problems that is not only unhelpful, but leads local governments to set unrealistic targets for spending on new subsidized housing construction. Roger Valdez, Forbes, 3 June 2022 Still, the executive acknowledged that there could be better standards to ensure consistency across the industry, and that the current classification of ESG products is often unhelpful. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 1 June 2022 The list of potential causes are wide-ranging, and therefore comically unhelpful: Chewing gum! Elise Taylor, Vogue, 13 May 2022 And some of the studies that have been done offer conflicting or unhelpful results. Melanie Radzicki Mcmanus, CNN, 11 Mar. 2022 The tests have simply become unreliable and unhelpful, and contact tracing has become nearly impossible. Linda Dahl, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Jan. 2022 Even those who think his personal decision not to get a coronavirus vaccine is ill-informed and unhelpful do not lump him in with anti-vaccination crusaders. Marc Santora, New York Times, 13 Jan. 2022 The Bel Air resident spends about four to five hours a day searching for information to share and approving posts on the page to avoid duplicate or unhelpful posts. Jason Fontelieu, baltimoresun.com, 5 Jan. 2022 See More

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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 3 Jul. 2022.

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