Helpfulness

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Helpfulness Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    helpfulness n
  1. the property of providing useful assistance
  2. friendliness evidence by a kindly and helpful disposition [syn: kindliness]
Helpfulness Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Helpful \Help"ful\, a. Furnishing help; giving aid; assistant; useful; salutary. Heavens make our presence and our practices Pleasant and helpful to him! --Shak. -- Help"ful*ly, adv. -- Help"ful*ness, n. --Milton.

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Helpfulness'


In social psychology, the everyday concept of helpfulness is really technically defined as (1) the property of providing useful assistance, and (2) friendliness evidenced by a kindly and helpful disposition .

For many years, social psychologists have been searching for answers to these questions:

Several theories of helping agree that, in the long run, helping behavior benefits the giver as well as the receiver. One explanation assumes that human interactions are guided by a "social economics". We exchange not only material goods and money but also social goods - love, services, information status (Foa & Foa, 1975). In doing so, we use a "minimax" strategy - minimize costs, maximize rewards.

Circumstances that inhibit or enhance helpfulness include:

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Helpfulness Sample Sentences in News


  • Northern Valley: Letters Aug. 19
    I recently required the assistance of the Closter Police Department. Officers Dippolito and McTigue responded with helpfulness, courtesy and concern. My deepest appreciation for the immeasurable services of the Closter Police Department. Read more on this news related to 'Helpfulness'
  • Should New Residents Contribute Equally to Community Funds?
    Acknowledging building workers' helpfulness is always appropriate and welcome. But should all residents pay the same amount? Read more on this news related to 'Helpfulness'
  • An extra scoop of helpfulness
    The Purling, Greene County, woman was trying to get to Albany Medical Center for a blood test, but became lost and drove in circles in search of New Scotland Avenue. Falabella said they were extremely helpful, but she did not try to reach the hospital because the "check engine" light in her car came on. The problem turned out to be a loose gas cap, but a Read more on this news related to 'Helpfulness'

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