Definitions

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  • n. The state of being helpless.
  • n. A feeling of inadequacy or impotence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being helpless.

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

  • n. the state of needing help from something
  • n. a feeling of being unable to manage
  • n. powerlessness revealed by an inability to act

Etymologies

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helpless +‎ -ness

Examples

  • Danton was impelled, though, because as Linda, the young bride, stood before him, her fine eyes were on his, in helplessness and in appeal.

    The Damned by John D. MacDonald

  • She opened her hands in an expression of helplessness.

    Crave

  • There is a certain helplessness that accompanies the experience of those whose lives are touched by the death of someone known.

    unimaginable

  • Should I be angry, should I despair, spread my palms in helplessness?

    Tsunami

  • This is clearly not a pleasant film to watch on many levels, especially in view of the thousands of black-and-white mug shots of the murdered who stare out in mute helplessness from the various walls, prison files and hospital journals that remained at S21.

    Current Movie Reviews, Independent Movies - Film Threat

  • U.S. Open will be an exercise in helplessness and hope.

    USATODAY.com - Woods still in Buick driver's seat — for now

  • Dover and I could but hold our hands in helplessness and watch the antics of our hoary marvel.

    THE REJUVENATION OF MAJOR RATHBONE

  • And the great lion lay and roared in helplessness, and at each prod exposed his nose more and lifted it higher, until, at the end, his red tongue ran out between his fangs and licked the boot resting none too gently on his neck, and, after that, licked the broomstick that had administered all the punishment.

    Chapter 27

  • But elsewhere, and later, he has insisted on the "helplessness" -- the

    The New York Times Current History of the European War, Vol. 1, January 9, 1915 What Americans Say to Europe

  • Margaret is undecided what to say, shrugs her shoulders in helplessness, and nods her head.) (Linda makes hurried exit to right.)

    THEFT

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