adjective \-ləs\

: having no power : unable to do something or to stop something

Full Definition of POWERLESS

:  devoid of strength or resources <powerless victims>
:  lacking the authority or capacity to act <was powerless to help>
pow·er·less·ly adverb
pow·er·less·ness noun

Examples of POWERLESS

  1. <I wish I could help you, but I am powerless in this situation.>

First Known Use of POWERLESS

15th century


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