Definitions

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  • n. The state or character of being powerless; absence or lack of power.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being powerless; absence or lack of power.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of lacking strength or power; being weak and feeble

Etymologies

powerless +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And so when the Obama Administration decides it can do no better than stand by, ring its hands and express "disappointment" at the resumption of settlement expansion, its powerlessness is taken for granted, as if it were a simple fact of nature.

    Mark Levine: Whatever Happened to 'Just Say No'?

  • If the charges are true, this isn't a story about sex, romance and the war between men and women, it is about violence, and toward a person who is almost a definition of powerlessness.

    A Week of Shocks but Few Surprises

  • And McGovern’s sense of powerlessness is compelling.

    Candidates Punt on Iraq-Israel « Antiwar.com Blog

  • Reams of psychological research confirm that this kind of sense of powerlessness is all too often translated into fantasies of inflicting harm on others — there’s no more complete assertion of dominance than torture.

    Torture as Performance

  • Poverty is also characterized by a self perpetuating condition of powerlessness, which is multi generational reality that impacts on the next generation even before birth.

    Address by Thabo Mbeki to the 118th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly

  • Krauthammer is speaking truth to powerlessness, that is, to those who will still become powerless if Obama wins, since they are inauthentic & have come too late to Obama.

    Charles Krauthammer will not be joining the "motley crew" of "wet-fingered conservatives" who are flipping to Obama.

  • The Elbow Boys also shun 12-step slogans and claim to deny the notion of powerlessness, but they see the problem of quitting in physical terms: they fuse their own arms straight so as not to be able to take a drink.

    The Madcap Side of Sobering Up

  • When the new AA member reaches this step there is likely to be a rise in anxiety, and a strong surge of resistance to the idea of powerlessness.

    Alcohol and The Addictive Brain

  • Gilbert and Gubar understand but do not create Shirley's rage against woman's social powerlessness, which is if anything too explicit to be artistically satisfying.

    Men, Women, and Lit.

  • And he made no further attempt to screw his courage up to the point of proposing, but asked himself if his powerlessness was a sign from God that he was abandoning his true vocation for a false one?

    Celibates

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