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helpless

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adjective help·less \ˈhel-pləs; Southern often ˈhep-ləs also ˈheəp-\

Simple Definition of helpless

  • : 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. 1 :  lacking protection or support :  defenseless

  2. 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.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of helpless

before 12th century



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