helpful

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English helpful; equivalent to help +‎ -ful.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈhɛlp.fʊl/, /ˈhɛlp.fəl/
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Adjective[edit]

helpful (comparative more helpful, superlative most helpful)

  1. Furnishing help; giving aid; useful.
    a helpful clue
    a helpful person
    Antonym: unhelpful
    • 1597, Jacques Guillemeau, A. M., transl., The Frenche chirurgerye[1], Dort: Iſaac Canin, page 48:
      [] inſtructe the yonge Chyrurgiane, becauſe that vvithout making any great delaye, he might be adiuvable & helpefull to the patient vvith theſe remedyes vvhich conſequently follovve.

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