powerless

adjective pow·er·less \ ˈpau̇(-ə)r-ləs \
|Updated on: 16 Jun 2018

Definition of powerless

1 : devoid of strength or resources
  • powerless victims
2 : lacking the authority or capacity to act
  • was powerless to help

powerlessly

adverb

powerlessness

noun

Examples of powerless in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of powerless

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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POWERLESS Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of powerless for English Language Learners

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


POWERLESS Defined for Kids

powerless

adjective pow·er·less \ ˈpau̇-ər-ləs \

Definition of powerless for Students

: without power, strength, authority, or influence
  • He was powerless to stop them.


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