helpless

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

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 English Language Learners

helpless

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

Definition of helpless for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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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