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helpless

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɛlpləs
 
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Definition of helpless in English:

adjective

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?
Synonyms
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.

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