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 Local vape shops and a nationwide vaping trade group sued the state, alleging the ban would financially ruin them and was unhelpful for public health. BostonGlobe.com, "What do we know about the lung illnesses?," 12 Nov. 2019 States that received the reports found them riddled with errors and unhelpful for assessing actual election security. Jessica Huseman, ProPublica, "Report on Election Security Gains Attention, and a Sharp Rebuke," 13 Sep. 2019 Here are four unhelpful things President Trump has said about Hurricane Florence. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "President Trump Has Said Some Unhelpful Things About Hurricane Florence Storm Damage," 20 Sep. 2018 All of this is singularly unhelpful to the residents of the Sunshine State, who are staring down at the possibility of a major hurricane making landfall somewhere along the peninsula in three to four days. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Yeah, the forecast for Hurricane Dorian is a mess," 29 Aug. 2019 But such unhelpful statements only inflame passions and prevent civil diplomatic discourse. Gilbert M Khadiagala, Quartz Africa, "Nigerians aren’t targeted more than other Africans in South Africa’s xenophobic attacks but the damage is done," 12 Sep. 2019 Talking about your own efforts to get to a smaller dress size can just seem like adding more unnecessary, unhelpful fuel to the fire. Sarah Todd, Quartzy, "Can you be body-positive and want to lose weight?," 4 Sep. 2019 This is where the conspiracy theories are unhelpful. Dustin Kurtz, The New Republic, "Why Amazon’s Twitter Ambassadors Are So Sad," 16 Aug. 2019 Some feelings are legitimate to act upon; other feelings are legitimate to examine deeply, perhaps with the aid of a journal and/or a counselor, in the hope of gaining self-knowledge and freedom from unhelpful patterns. Robin Abrahams, BostonGlobe.com, "We eloped. Why didn’t anyone send gifts or cards?," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of unhelpful

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

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17 Nov 2019

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The first known use of unhelpful was circa 1616

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English Language Learners Definition of unhelpful

: giving no help : not helpful or useful

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