Definition of unhelpful in English:

unhelpful

adjective

  • Not helpful.

    ‘several complained that the staff were unhelpful’
    • ‘I have just come off the phone following the most incredibly obstructive and unhelpful call in the history of mankind.’
    • ‘Wishful thinking is generally understandable, even if it's unhelpful.’
    • ‘That some newspapers had already had their say before the match, according to Taylor, was deeply unhelpful.’
    • ‘The game's only detectable flaw is occasionally unhelpful camera work.’
    • ‘Anyone seeking clues as to the identity of these NYC-based electronicists will find their website unhelpful.’
    • ‘Faculties also seemed to be unhelpful despite the fact that they have a certain level of autonomy in examination procedure.’
    • ‘Don't you hate it when people give you ‘helpful feedback’ of an unhelpful nature?’
    • ‘My physiotherapist, GP and other doctors I saw thought this would be unhelpful, so I refused.’
    • ‘He was having difficulty getting through to anyone and the friends he contacted seemed unconcerned and unhelpful.’
    • ‘My own experience with our own legal department is they have actually been quite difficult and unhelpful.’
    • ‘Why did some of his answers seem to support the government in its war with the BBC, while others were actively unhelpful?’
    • ‘Removing the unhelpful heat from the debate, which can all too easily become polarised, is a necessary first step.’
    • ‘We do not accept involuntary ejections of speech if they are abusive or plainly unhelpful: it is not what the blog is about.’
    • ‘They think they'll get into trouble, or become unhelpful and difficult.’
    • ‘Of course, this was a slightly unhelpful five years after the event.’
    • ‘He has been uncooperative, unhelpful, and particularly rude to teaching staff.’
    • ‘On Saturday, having had enough of our unhelpful mobile phone operator, we decided to go shopping for a pair of new phones.’
    • ‘Saying that just because we didn't hit targets we have failed and should be closed down is an immature and unhelpful approach.’
    • ‘Insiders worried that it could in fact be unhelpful and make it more difficult to create good syllabuses.’
    • ‘Such a demand is an unhelpful confusion in the free speech debate.’
    awkward, contrary, difficult, unreasonable, uncooperative, unhelpful, obstructive, disobliging, unaccommodating, troublesome, tiresome, annoying, vexatious, obstreperous, disobedient, unmanageable, uncontrollable, recalcitrant, refractory, rebellious
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Pronunciation

unhelpful

/ˌənˈhelpfəl/