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powerless Line breaks: power|less
Pronunciation: /ˈpaʊəlɪs/

Definition of powerless in English:


[often with infinitive]
Without ability, influence, or power: troops were powerless to stop last night’s shooting
More example sentences
  • These could be extremely damaging to local economies, which felt powerless to influence them.
  • I had my every move recorded and felt powerless to stop the intimidation.
  • They probably want to force their own ideas on a general public that is deemed powerless to stop them.
impotent, helpless, without power, ineffectual, inadequate, ineffective, with no say, useless, defenceless, vulnerable, weak, feeble, paralysed;
unable, not able, incapable
literary impuissant
archaic resistless



Pronunciation: /ˈpaʊələsli/
Example sentences
  • 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?


Pronunciation: /ˈpaʊələsnəs/
Example sentences
  • 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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