helpful

[help-fuhl]
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Origin of helpful

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at help, -ful
Related formshelp·ful·ly, adverbhelp·ful·ness, nouno·ver·help·ful, adjectiveo·ver·help·ful·ly, adverbo·ver·help·ful·ness, nounqua·si-help·ful, adjectivequa·si-help·ful·ly, adverbun·help·ful, adjectiveun·help·ful·ly, adverb

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helpful

adjective
  1. serving a useful function; giving help
Derived Formshelpfully, adverbhelpfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for helpful
adj.

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

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