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  • n. The quality of being helpful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition or characteristic of being helpful; assistance; usefulness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the property of providing useful assistance
  • n. friendliness evidence by a kindly and helpful disposition


helpful +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)


  • Sure, you can offer some temporary relief with suggestion but it's not going to have longterm helpfulness that the real deal techniques will give.

    Can't Find the Feelings . . .. . . fear and regression hypnotic techniques . . .. . . . . . and dealing with resistance . . .

  • It would be an impervious being who would not note that this outpouring of the spirit of helpfulness is not present in all the dealings between the scattered members of our human family.

    League of Red Cross Societies - Nobel Lecture

  • Kindness-under the influence of which a man is said to ‘be kind’ may be defined as helpfulness towards some one in need, not in return for anything, nor for the advantage of the helper himself, but for that of the person helped.


  • Here in the Chicago area, the Harris Bank has an ad campaign based on the idea of helpfulness, and has just started running a new set of spots that employs, basically, this same device.

    Advertising for Peanuts

  • Then there are those damning insidious remarks of Libyan dictator Col. Muammar Gaddafi thanking, among others, the Queen, Prince Andrew (a so-called "Special Representative" for British trade) and Brown for their assistance, as well as open admissions by British trade experts as to the "helpfulness" of the release, leaving many to conclude, despite denials, that the deal was done in exchange for Libyan oil.

    Vicky Ward: Why Britain Should Apologize for Releasing the Lockerbie Killer -- and Why it Won't

  • Apparently has changed the way they rate reviewers, now ranking based on "helpfulness" rather than sheer volume.

    Rising curve

  • Yahoo added yet another layer of "helpfulness" to its search boxes Tuesday, introducing a feature it calls "Search Assist," which suggests links to useful Yahoo pages and shows stock prices as a user types in the search box.

    Wired Top Stories

  • Yahoo added yet another layer of "helpfulness" to its search function Tuesday, introducing a feature it calls "Search Assist," which suggests navigation links to useful Yahoo pages as a user types in the search box.

    Wired Top Stories

  • The "helpfulness" of having your work published may be more mysterious.

    Friday Find: From Erika's Archive

  • But the only on-the-job "helpfulness" for a journalist -- or a law school professor -- should be to get at the truth, unless there's some extraordinary reason not to national security considerations, for instance -- I don't think the fear of sexism or discrimination in these circumstances would meet that standard.

    "If the theory's right..."


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