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"helpless" in British English

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helplessadjective

uk   us   /ˈhelp.ləs/
helplessly
adverb uk   us   /-li/
Unable to ​swim, he ​watched helplessly as the ​childstruggleddesperately in the ​water.
helplessness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
I was ​overwhelmed by a ​feeling of helplessness as I was ​wheeled into the ​operatingtheatre.
(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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