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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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>

helplessly adverb
helplessness noun

Examples of helpless in a sentence

  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


HELPLESS Defined for Kids

helpless

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adjective help·less \ˈhelp-ləs\

Definition of helpless for Students

  1. :  without help or defense <a helpless infant>

helplessly adverb
helplessness noun




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