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English definition of “powerless”

powerless

adjective uk   /ˈpaʊə.ləs/ us    /ˈpaʊɚ-/
having no power: The villagers are powerless against the armed invaders. The police seem to be powerless (= unable) to prevent these attacks.
powerlessness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
A significant cause of stress in the workplace is a sense of powerlessness and lack of control.
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