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[help-fuh l] /ˈhɛlp fəl/
giving or rendering aid or assistance; of service:
Your comments were very helpful.
Origin of helpful
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at help, -ful
Related forms
helpfully, adverb
helpfulness, noun
overhelpful, adjective
overhelpfully, adverb
overhelpfulness, noun
quasi-helpful, adjective
quasi-helpfully, adverb
unhelpful, adjective
unhelpfully, adverb
useful, convenient; beneficial, advantageous.
useless, inconvenient. Unabridged
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  • It is only at this point that sincere and groping minds can be helpfully influenced.

    Faces in the Fire Frank W. Boreham
  • "It's the only type G star in that direction," suggested Chambers, helpfully.

    Empire Clifford Donald Simak
  • "About being able to read people's minds," Dr Andrews said helpfully.

    The Sound of Silence Barbara Constant
  • “Madame is an admirer of the great Napolon,” explained Amlie helpfully.

    Mrs. Vanderstein's jewels Mrs. Charles Bryce
  • “Yes,” she returned, not at all helpfully, though in no way forbidding.

    The Deep Lake Mystery Carolyn Wells
British Dictionary definitions for helpfully


serving a useful function; giving help
Derived Forms
helpfully, adverb
helpfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for helpfully



late 14c., from help (n.) + -ful. Related: Helpfully; helpfulness.

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