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powerless

[ pou-er-lis ]
/ ˈpaʊ ər lɪs /
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adjective
unable to produce an effect: a disease against which modern medicine is virtually powerless.
lacking power to act; helpless: His legs crumpled, and he was powerless to rise.
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Origin of powerless

First recorded in 1545–55; power + -less

OTHER WORDS FROM powerless

pow·er·less·ly, adverbpow·er·less·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for powerless

powerless
/ (ˈpaʊəlɪs) /

adjective
without power or authority

Derived forms of powerless

powerlessly, adverbpowerlessness, noun
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