Helpless meaning

hĕlplĭs
The definition of helpless is not able to take care of oneself.

An example of someone helpless is a newborn baby.

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Not able to help oneself; weak.
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Lacking help or protection.
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Incompetent, ineffective, or powerless.
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Unable to defend oneself or to act without help.
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Unable to help oneself; powerless or incompetent.
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Lacking support or protection.

They were left helpless in the storm.

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Impossible to control; involuntary.

Helpless laughter.

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Origin of helpless

  • From Middle English helples, from Old English *helplēas (“helpless”), equivalent to help +‎ -less. Compare Dutch hulpeloos (“helpless”), German hilflos (“helpless”), Swedish hjälplös (“helpless”).

    From Wiktionary