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helplessadjective

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

"helpless" in American English

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helplessadjective

us   /ˈhel·pləs/
unable to care for yourself or protect yourself esp. against danger: a helpless infant
helplessly
adverb [not gradable] us   /ˈhel·pləs·li/
helplessness
noun [U] us   /ˈhel·pləs·nəs/
(Definition of helpless from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “helpless”
in Arabic عاجِز…
in Korean 무력한…
in Portuguese indefeso…
in Catalan desvalgut, indefens…
in Japanese 無力な, (自分では)どうしようもない…
in Chinese (Simplified) 无助的,无奈的…
in Turkish çaresiz, âciz…
in Russian беспомощный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 無助的,無奈的…
in Italian indifeso…
in Polish bezradny…
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