Definition of unhelpful in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnˈhɛlpfʊl/
Pronunciation: /ʌnˈhɛlpf(ə)l/


Not helpful: several complained that the staff were unhelpful
More example sentences
  • They think they'll get into trouble, or become unhelpful and difficult.
  • I have just come off the phone following the most incredibly obstructive and unhelpful call in the history of mankind.
  • My own experience with our own legal department is they have actually been quite difficult and unhelpful.



Pronunciation: /ʌnˈhɛlpfʊli/ Pronunciation: /ʌnˈhɛlpf(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • The fee has brought its own pressure to bear on a quiet young man already - perhaps unhelpfully - described as a superstar by his international manager.
  • He's pulled to his feet and stands vacantly and unhelpfully behind the coffin as it seesaws up the steps, carried by the royal family, in a confusion of priests and cameramen.
  • Faulkner, on the other hand, was unhelpfully obscure.


Pronunciation: /ʌnˈhɛlpfʊlnəs/ Pronunciation: /ʌnˈhɛlpf(ə)lnəs/
Example sentences
  • We've all faced it: red tape, small print, bureaucratic bungling or sheer unhelpfulness that can make doing even the simplest task a nightmare.
  • So I shall set out on another long drive today, and while I drive I shall ponder the general unhelpfulness of inanimate things.
  • It is a mindset which appears to delight in unhelpfulness.

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