Definition of powerless in English:


Syllabification: pow·er·less
Pronunciation: /ˈpou(-ə)rləs


[often with infinitive]



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  • It's a tragedy for the families involved, and my heart goes out to them as they come to terms with what they saw as they waited for their loved ones at the landing site and watched powerlessly as the events unfolded.
  • When paramedics finally took the woman away, he fretted powerlessly.
  • Do we have to watch powerlessly as this vandalism takes place?


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  • One of its basic problems is the overwhelming power of the ruling elite, and powerlessness when it comes to solving problems.
  • Self-assertion by the woman breaks the circuit of power, for the victim no longer epitomizes powerlessness.
  • The feeling is a terrible combination of powerlessness, frustration, and doom.

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