helpless

[ help-lis ]
/ ˈhɛlp lɪs /

adjective

unable to help oneself; weak or dependent: a helpless invalid.
deprived of strength or power; powerless; incapacitated: They were helpless with laughter.
affording no help.

Origin of helpless

Middle English word dating back to 1125–75; see origin at help, -less
Related formshelp·less·ly, adverbhelp·less·ness, noun
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helpless

/ (ˈhɛlplɪs) /

adjective

unable to manage independently
made powerless or weakthey were helpless from so much giggling
without help
Derived Formshelplessly, adverbhelplessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for helpless

helpless


adj.

"unable to act for oneself," c.1200, from help (n.) + -less. Related: Helplessly; helplessness. In Middle English and later sometimes also "unable to give help, affording no help" (late 14c.), but this was never common.

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