help·less adjective \ˈhel-pləs; Southern often ˈhep-ləs also ˈheəp-\
: not protected : not able to defend yourself
: unable to do something to make a situation, task, etc., better or easier
: not able to be controlled
a : marked by an inability to act or react <the crowd looked on in helpless horror — Current Biography>
b : not able to be controlled or restrained <helpless laughter>
— help·less·ly adverb
— help·less·ness noun
Examples of HELPLESS
- The civilians were helpless against their attackers.
- Firefighters were helpless against the blaze.
- I feel helpless. Isn't there anything I can do?
- The crowd was helpless with laughter.
- He was helpless with rage.
First Known Use of HELPLESS
before 12th century
Related to HELPLESS
- defenseless, exposed, susceptible, undefended, unguarded, unprotected, unresistant, vulnerable, in the lurch
- guarded, invulnerable, protected, resistant, shielded
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