Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
       

help·less

helpless

 
pronunciation:
hel plihs
features:
Word Combinations (adjective), Word Explorer, Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: unable to take care of oneself or provide for one's basic needs.
They took pity on the helpless child and brought her to safety.My grandmother does not wish to be thought helpless even though she is disabled now.Many people were left stranded and helpless after the hurricane.
antonyms:
independent
definition 2: without power or control.
He was helpless in the grip of the much larger man.We pitied them greatly, but we were helpless to do anything for them.
similar words:
powerless
definition 3: very uncertain or confused.
I felt helpless in the pitch dark.
Word CombinationsSubscriber feature About this feature
derivations: helplessly (adv.), helplessness (n.)
Word Explorer
See
  power
Word PartsSubscriber feature About this feature