helpless


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

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

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