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English definition of “helpless”

helpless

adjective uk   /ˈhelp.ləs/ us  
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
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Unable to swim, he watched helplessly as the child struggled desperately in the water.Weakness and vulnerability
helplessness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
I was overwhelmed by a feeling of helplessness as I was wheeled into the operating theatre.Weakness and vulnerability
(Definition of helpless from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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