Definitions

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  • adj. Not providing help or assistance; not helpful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Affording no aid. Unable to help one's self; helpless.

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

  • adj. providing no assistance

Etymologies

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un- + help + -ful

Examples

  • Just to the left of the bulletin board, equally unread and unhelpful, is a small sign which warns the public against intimidating or attacking council staff.

    February 2009

  • Neither set of facts is totally accurate, and at times both point in unhelpful directions.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • The other point on which our news organs,, here and abroad, have been profoundly unhelpful is just how is the insurgency being sustained.

    Scripting News for 2/15/2007 « Scripting News Annex

  • If I want to start a movement to stop the war in Iraq in this country, one thing I would find unhelpful is if, say, North Korean publicized that it was in contact with my organization, and willing to give me money.

    Matthew Yglesias » Warnings Ignored

  • We also see people who have never suffered any major consequences from drinking who find the disease label unhelpful and unacceptable.

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  • Cohen writes that of "Israel's insistence of expanding West Bank settlements, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denounced it as 'unhelpful' - a whisper of a rebuke that, in the transcript, should have been rendered in italics."

    CAMERA Snapshots

  • Clinton's comments -- she called any potential demolitions in the area "unhelpful" -- have raised hopes among Palestinians that the Obama administration will force

    ModerateVoters.org

  • XBOX 360:: Okay, so I've spent a lot of time trying to get this remote to work, by visiting XBOX's website, reading the short ambiguous manual that came with the remote, and by calling their unhelpful tech-support.

    WN.com - Business News

  • The potential for aiding escape is another security red flag, prohibiting not only publications with Texas maps but also Statesman humor columnist John Kelso's book of roadside oddities, for what the author describes as unhelpful depictions of Texas terrain.

    statesman.com - Highschool

  • "unhelpful" - there are 88 homes scheduled for demolition, all for lack of permits.

    Drive-by Times

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