helpless

[ help-lis ]
/ ˈhɛlp lɪs /
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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.

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Origin of helpless

Middle English word dating back to 1125–75; see origin at help, -less

OTHER WORDS FROM helpless

help·less·ly, adverbhelp·less·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for helpless

helpless
/ (ˈhɛlplɪs) /

adjective

unable to manage independently
made powerless or weakthey were helpless from so much giggling
without help

Derived forms of helpless

helplessly, adverbhelplessness, noun
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