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helpless

adjective help·less \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

Full Definition of HELPLESS

1
:  lacking protection or support :  defenseless
2
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

  1. The civilians were helpless against their attackers.
  2. Firefighters were helpless against the blaze.
  3. I feel helpless. Isn't there anything I can do?
  4. The crowd was helpless with laughter.
  5. He was helpless with rage.

First Known Use of HELPLESS

before 12th century
HELPLESSLY Defined for Kids

helpless

adjective help·less \ˈhelp-ləs\

Definition of HELPLESS for Kids

:  without help or defense <a helpless infant>
help·less·ly adverb
help·less·ness noun

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