helpless - definition and synonyms

 
adjective 

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/ˈhelpləs/
  1. 1
    not able to do anything without help

    He looked helpless sitting there all alone.

    be/feel helpless to do something:

    I knew they were lying but I felt helpless to do anything about it.

  2. 2
    helpless laughter, tears etc are so strong that you cannot control them

    This witticism reduced both of them to helpless laughter.

derived words

helplessly

adverb

helplessness

noun [uncountable]