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English definition of “unhelpful”

unhelpful

adjective     /ʌnˈhelpfʊl/
NOT IMPROVE not improving a situation: an unhelpful remarkPreventing and impedingLimiting and restrictingUnhelpful and Uncooperative
NOT HELP B2 not wanting to help someone, in a way that seems unfriendly: The taxi driver was rude and unhelpful.Preventing and impedingLimiting and restrictingUnhelpful and Uncooperative
(Definition of unhelpful adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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