- 1 unable to take care of yourself or do things without the help of other people the helpless victims of war a helpless gesture/look He lay helpless on the floor. It's natural to feel helpless against so much abuse. The worst part is being helpless to change anything.
- 2unable to control a strong feeling helpless panic/rage helpless with something The audience was helpless with laughter.
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adverb They watched helplessly as their home went up in flames.
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noun [uncountable] a feeling/sense of helplessness