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helpless
American English: /ˈhɛlpləs/
British English: /ˈhɛlpləs/

Translation of helpless in Spanish:

adjective

  • 1 (incapacitated) the accident left him a helpless invalid
    el accidente lo dejó totalmente imposibilitado
    to leave/render somebody helpless
    dejar a alguien sin recursos
    I'm helpless without my glasses
    sin los anteojos no puedo hacer nada
    helpless with laughter
    muerto de risa [colloquial]
    he's helpless in a crisis
    en situaciones críticas es totalmente inútil or no sirve para nada
  • 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
    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?
  • 3 (powerless)
    (look/expression)
    de impotencia
    to be helpless to + infinitive
    ser incapaz de + infinitive
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