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