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help·less

 (hĕlp′lĭs)
adj.
1. Unable to help oneself; powerless or incompetent.
2. Lacking support or protection: They were left helpless in the storm.
3. Impossible to control; involuntary: helpless laughter.

help′less·ly adv.
help′less·ness n.

helpless

(ˈhɛlplɪs)
adj
1. unable to manage independently
2. made powerless or weak: they were helpless from so much giggling.
3. without help
ˈhelplessly adv
ˈhelplessness n

help•less

(ˈhɛlp lɪs)

adj.
1. unable to help oneself; weak or dependent.
2. without aid or protection.
3. deprived of strength or power; powerless; incapacitated: helpless with laughter.
4. affording no help.
[1125–75]
help′less•ly, adv.
help′less•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.helpless - lacking in or deprived of strength or power; "lying ill and helpless"; "helpless with laughter"
powerless - lacking power
2.helpless - unable to function; without help
hopeless - without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success; "in an agony of hopeless grief"; "with a hopeless sigh he sat down"
3.helpless - unable to manage independently; "as helpless as a baby"
dependent - relying on or requiring a person or thing for support, supply, or what is needed; "dependent children"; "dependent on moisture"

helpless

helpless

adjective
1. Devoid of help or protection:
2. Lacking power or strength:
3. Not capable of accomplishing anything:
Translations
عاجِز، لا حول له ولا قُوَّه
bezmocný
hjælpeløs
gyámoltalan
ósjálfbjarga
nebogljen
âcizeli böğründeyardıma muhtaç

helpless

[ˈhelplɪs] ADJ
1. (= powerless) [victim] → indefenso, inerme (more frm); [feeling] → impotente; [gesture] → de impotencia; (= incapacitated) → incapacitado
he is helpless without his crutchessin las muletas no puede hacer nada
we were helpless to prevent itno pudimos hacer nada para impedirlo
to feel helplesssentirse impotente
she is a helpless invalidestá inválida y no puede valerse por sí misma
to be helpless with laughterestar muerto de (la) risa
he lay helpless on the groundyacía indefenso or inerme en el suelo
2. (= vulnerable) → indefenso
as helpless as a babytan indefenso como un bebé

helpless

[ˈhɛlpləs] adj
(= powerless) → impuissant(e)
to feel helpless → se sentir désarmé(e)
[baby] → sans défense

helpless

adj (= powerless) personmachtlos (against gegen); (= vulnerable) child, victim, invalid, gesturehilflos; a helpless feelingein Gefühl ntder Hilflosigkeit; he was helpless to prevent iter konnte es nicht verhindern; he was helpless to resister konnte nicht widerstehen; to feel helplesssich hilflos fühlen; she was helpless with laughtersie konnte sich vor Lachen kaum halten; helpless stateHilflosigkeit f; he is reduced to a helpless stateer ist zur Hilflosigkeit verurteilt

helpless

[ˈhɛlplɪs] adj (rage, person, powerless) → impotente; (person, vulnerable) → indifeso/a; (physically weak) → debole
a helpless invalid → un infermo
a helpless old lady → una povera vecchietta
helpless with laughter → morto/a dalle risate

help

(help) verb
1. to do something with or for someone that he cannot do alone, or that he will find useful. Will you help me with this translation?; Will you please help me (to) translate this poem?; Can I help?; He fell down and I helped him up.
2. to play a part in something; to improve or advance. Bright posters will help to attract the public to the exhibition; Good exam results will help his chances of a job.
3. to make less bad. An aspirin will help your headache.
4. to serve (a person) in a shop. Can I help you, sir?
5. (with can(not), ~could (not)) to be able not to do something or to prevent something. He looked so funny that I couldn't help laughing; Can I help it if it rains?
noun
1. the act of helping, or the result of this. Can you give me some help?; Your digging the garden was a big help; Can I be of help to you?
2. someone or something that is useful. You're a great help to me.
3. a servant, farmworker etc. She has hired a new help.
4. (usually with no) a way of preventing something. Even if you don't want to do it, the decision has been made – there's no help for it now.
ˈhelper noun
We need several helpers for this job.
ˈhelpful adjective
a very helpful boy; You may find this book helpful.
ˈhelpfully adverb
ˈhelpfulness noun
ˈhelping noun
the amount of food one has on one's plate. a large helping of pudding.
ˈhelpless adjective
needing the help of other people; unable to do anything for oneself. A baby is almost completely helpless.
ˈhelplessly adverb
ˈhelplessness noun
help oneself
1. (with to) to give oneself or take (food etc). Help yourself to another piece of cake; `Can I have a pencil?' `Certainly – help yourself; He helped himself to (= stole) my jewellery.
2. (with cannot, ~could not) to be able to stop (oneself). I burst out laughing when he told me – I just couldn't help myself.
help out
to help (a person), usually for a short time because the person is in some difficulty. I help out in the shop from time to time; Could you help me out by looking after the baby?

helpless

a. desamparado-a, indefenso-a; desvalido-a, abandonado-a.

helpless

adj (psych, etc.) indefenso
References in classic literature ?
When they had laughed at Beth's story, they asked their mother for one, and after a moments thought, she said soberly, "As I sat cutting out blue flannel jackets today at the rooms, I felt very anxious about Father, and thought how lonely and helpless we should be , if anything happened to him.
Taking the milliner into his arms and holding her tightly in spite of her struggles, he kissed her until she became helpless.
Well a man has hands with which to use weapons, but a helpless quadruped has not.
Through the scene between Marguerite and the elder Duval, Lena wept unceasingly, and I sat helpless to prevent the closing of that chapter of idyllic love, dreading the return of the young man whose ineffable happiness was only to be the measure of his fall.
The physical need for sleep began to overtake her; the exuberance which had sustained and exalted her spirit left her helpless and yielding to the conditions which crowded her in.
You are, then, lost," interrupted the hunter, "and have found how helpless 'tis not to know whether to take the right hand or the left?
We were then in a dangerous, helpless situation, exposed daily to perils and death amongst savages and wild beasts, not a white man in the country but ourselves.
Then ensued one of those surprising, mystifying, and utterly inexplicable changes that leave the masculine being so helpless in the hands of his feminine master.
But Judge Pyncheon's evident purpose of forcing a passage was interrupted by a voice from the inner room; a weak, tremulous, wailing voice, indicating helpless alarm, with no more energy for self-defence than belongs to a frightened infant.
It grovelled helpless on the ground, even while his intellectual faculties retained their pristine strength, or had perhaps acquired a morbid energy, which disease only could have given them.
Instead of succumbing I sprang again to my feet, looked at her bed, and took a helpless middle way.
There seemed but little in the words, but the tone conveyed more of deep helpless sadness than the insane old man had ever before evinced.