Meaning of “helpless” in the English Dictionary

"helpless" in British English

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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)