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helpless

help·less

helpless

pronunciation:
hel plihs
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: unable to take care of oneself.
My baby sister is helpless and can't feed or change herself.
antonyms:
independent
definition 2: without power or control.
We knew we were helpless in our small boat during the big storm.
derivations: helplessly (adv.), helplessness (n.)
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The word helpless contains the following part:
-less Middle English adjective-forming suffix that means without
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The suffix -less attaches primarily to monosyllabic English nouns. However, -less is a fully productive suffix, meaning it can be added to any noun to form legitimate new words.
synonyms:
a-1, an-1
antonyms:
-ful1