Definition of helpless adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhelpləs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhelpləs//
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  1. 1unable 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 such abuse. The worst part is being helpless to change anything.
  2. 2unable to control a strong feeling helpless panic/rage helpless with something The audience was helpless with laughter.
  3. Extra examples He was left helpless and alone. I felt helpless in the face of all these rules and regulations. John felt completely helpless. Kirk stood helpless before this giant of a man. She was helpless against his strength. She was helpless with anger. She was rendered helpless by panic. Children are the most helpless victims of war. It’s natural to feel helpless against such abuse. Paul threw up his hands in a helpless gesture of surrender.
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