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Line breaks: help|less
Pronunciation: /ˈhɛlpləs

Definition of helpless in English:


1Unable to defend oneself or to act without help: the cubs are born blind and helpless
More example sentences
  • I am a police captain and feel totally helpless as I am unable to help my city and my family.
  • Why do we decide it is none of our business or that we are helpless to do anything about it?
  • Is there anything worse than watching someone you love have to suffer while you're helpless to do anything to help?
dependent, incapable, powerless, impotent, weak, weakly, feeble;
defenceless, unprotected, vulnerable, exposed, easily hurt, easily destroyed, open to attack
1.1Uncontrollable: they burst into helpless laughter
More example sentences
  • Within moments, we would be dissolved into hopeless, helpless, joyful laughter.
  • These three had the same effect on me as she had on Prince Charles: they reduced me to helpless laughter.
  • I used to read it aloud to my little brother, and we'd collapse into helpless laughter.



Example sentences
  • Residents watched helplessly as their gardens were overrun by filth.
  • A couple watched helplessly as firefighters tackled a blaze which swept through their home.
  • Horrified onlookers watched helplessly as the victims died behind the impenetrable window barriers.


Example sentences
  • My anger and moral outrage lit like a match, burning bright then fading in to bewilderment and helplessness.
  • The whole group, in a storm of indignation and helplessness, rose to leave the meeting.
  • Those close to the addict feel a helplessness surrounded by depression and hurt.

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