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powerless

pow·er·less

powerless

pronunciation:
paU r lihs
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: lacking strength, power, or vitality; ineffectual.
I am powerless against his charm.
synonyms:
feeble, helpless, impotent, weak
antonyms:
almighty, powerful
similar words:
downtrodden, effete, emasculated, fruitless, incapacitated, ineffectual, insufficient, nugatory, resourceless, vulnerable
definition 2: without authority; helpless.
We feel powerless against the state.
antonyms:
powerful
similar words:
weak
derivations: powerlessly (adv.), powerlessness (n.)
Word Parts
The word powerless 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