Definition of unhelpful in English:



  • Not helpful.

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