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



    BrE BrE//ˈpaʊələs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpaʊərləs//
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  1. 1without power to control or to influence somebody/something synonym helpless powerless minorities When the enemy attacked, we were completely powerless against them. As children we all feel powerless.
  2. 2powerless to do something completely unable to do something I saw what was happening, but I was powerless to help. The Embassy seemed powerless to intervene.
  3. Extra examples People feel powerless over the problem. They felt powerless in the face of disaster. They were completely powerless against such a large group.
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