- 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?
Here is a selection of useful words and phrases you will need in real-life situations while you're visiting Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries...
The Basque autonomous police force is called Ertzaintza. Its members, called ertzainas, wear a uniform of red sweaters and berets, and white jackets. Despite the Ertzaintza's wide range of responsibilities, the Guardia Civil and Policía Nacional still operate in the Basque Country.