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English definition of “helpless”

helpless

adjective     /ˈhelp.ləs/
C1 unable to do anything to help yourself or anyone else: a helpless two-day-old baby You feel so helpless because there's nothing you can do to make the child better. The government is helpless (to act) against these crooks.Weakness and vulnerability helplessly     /-li/ adverb Unable to swim, he watched helplessly as the child struggled desperately in the water.Weakness and vulnerability helplessness     /-nəs/ noun [U] I was overwhelmed by a feeling of helplessness as I was wheeled into the operating theatre.Weakness and vulnerability
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