from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Lacking strength or power; helpless and totally ineffectual.
- adj. Lacking legal or other authority.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Lacking sufficient power or strength.
- adj. Lacking legal authority.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Destitute of power, force, or energy; weak; impotent; not able to produce any effect.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Lacking power; weak; impotent; unable to produce any effect.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. lacking power
But, making congress – controlled by democarts by the way – all powerful and the president powerless is not helpful.
Why do you even bother electing a president if you want the office to remain powerless and only accountable to a slim partisan minority?
Olbermann did, however, take issue with what he viewed as "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart's comparison of MSNBC to Fox News, saying, "Sticking up for the powerless is not the moral equivalent of sticking up for the powerful."
Do you assert that satire turned against the powerless is good clean fun and not vulgar?
[…] Admitting to being powerless is not an admission of defeat, but one of liberation.
The only way that I would be powerless is to allow the whims of a corrupt society to micro-manage me to the point that I don't believe in myself anymore and where my choices are limited by someone else's shallow goals.
That he is, as a consequence, isolated and powerless is a problem that deserves our attention as well.
In fact, it would be very quiet, because the only action left to the powerless is complaint.
Shakespeare starts by assuming that to make yourself powerless is to invite an attack.
Very Old idea: The Code Of Hammurabi: Government's Role is to protect the powerless from the Powerful.