- 1.1 (incapacitated) the accident left him a helpless invalid el accidente lo dejó totalmente imposibilitado to leave/render sb helpless dejar a algn sin recursos I'm helpless without my glasses sin los anteojos no puedo hacer nada helpless with laughter muerto de risa [colloquial/familiar] he's helpless in a crisis en situaciones críticas es totalmente inútil or no sirve para nada 1.2 (defenseless) [prey/victim] indefenso he looked so poor and helpless parecía tan pobre y desamparado or desvalido as helpless as a baby/kitten tan indefenso como un bebé/un gatito 1.3 (powerless) [look/expression] de impotencia to be helpless to +
infinitive/infinitivoser* incapaz de+ infinitive/infinitivoMore 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?
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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.