powerless

[ pou-er-lis ]
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adjective
  1. unable to produce an effect: a disease against which modern medicine is virtually powerless.

  2. lacking power to act; helpless: His legs crumpled, and he was powerless to rise.

Origin of powerless

1
First recorded in 1545–55; power + -less

Other words for powerless

Other words from powerless

  • pow·er·less·ly, adverb
  • pow·er·less·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for powerless

powerless

/ (ˈpaʊəlɪs) /


adjective
  1. without power or authority

Derived forms of powerless

  • powerlessly, adverb
  • powerlessness, noun

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