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helpless

Pronunciation: /ˈhelpləs; ˈhelplɪs/

Translation of helpless in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo

  • 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/infinitivo ser* incapaz de + infinitive/infinitivo
    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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