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pow·er·less

 (pou′ər-lĭs)
adj.
1. Lacking strength or power; helpless and totally ineffectual.
2. Lacking legal or other authority.

pow′er·less·ly adv.
pow′er·less·ness n.

powerless

(ˈpaʊəlɪs)
adj
without power or authority
ˈpowerlessly adv
ˈpowerlessness n

pow•er•less

(ˈpaʊ ər lɪs)

adj.
1. unable to produce an effect; ineffective.
2. lacking power to act; helpless.
[1545–55]
pow′er•less•ly, adv.
pow′er•less•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.powerless - lacking powerpowerless - lacking power        
ineffective, ineffectual, uneffective - not producing an intended effect; "an ineffective teacher"; "ineffective legislation"
impotent - lacking power or ability; "Technology without morality is barbarous; morality without technology is impotent"- Freeman J.Dyson; "felt impotent rage"
weak - wanting in physical strength; "a weak pillar"
powerful - having great power or force or potency or effect; "the most powerful government in western Europe"; "his powerful arms"; "a powerful bomb"; "the horse's powerful kick"; "powerful drugs"; "a powerful argument"

powerless

adjective
1. defenceless, vulnerable, dependent, subject, tied, ineffective, unarmed, disenfranchised, over a barrel (informal), disfranchised political systems that keep women poor and powerless

powerless

adjective
1. Lacking power or strength:
2. Not capable of accomplishing anything:
Translations
عاجِز، بدون قُوَّه
bezmocný
magtesløs
heikkovoimaton
erőtlentehetetlen
kraftlaus

powerless

[ˈpaʊəlɪs] ADJimpotente
I felt powerless to resistno tuve fuerzas para resistir, no pude resistir
we are powerless to help youno podemos hacer nada para ayudarle
they are powerless in the matterno tienen autoridad para intervenir en el asunto

powerless

[ˈpaʊərləs] adjimpuissant(e)
powerless against sth → impuissant contre qch
powerless in the face of sth → impuissant face à qch
to be powerless to do sth → être impuissant à faire qch

powerless

[ˈpaʊəlɪs] adjimpotente, senza potere

power

(ˈpauə) noun
1. (an) ability. A witch has magic power; A cat has the power of seeing in the dark; He no longer has the power to walk.
2. strength, force or energy. muscle power; water-power; (also adjective) a power tool (=a tool operated by electricity etc. not by hand).
3. authority or control. political groups fighting for power; How much power does the Queen have?; I have him in my power at last
4. a right belonging to eg a person in authority. The police have the power of arrest.
5. a person with great authority or influence. He is quite a power in the town.
6. a strong and influential country. the Western powers.
7. the result obtained by multiplying a number by itself a given number of times. 2  2  2 or 23 is the third power of 2, or 2 to the power of 3.
ˈpowered adjective
supplied with mechanical power. The machine is powered by electricity; an electrically-powered machine.
ˈpowerful adjective
having great strength, influence etc. a powerful engine; He's powerful in local politics.
ˈpowerfully adverb
ˈpowerfulness noun
ˈpowerless adjective
having no power. The king was powerless to prevent the execution.
ˈpowerlessness noun
power cut/failure
a break in the electricity supply. We had a power cut last night.
ˌpower-ˈdriven adjective
worked by electricity or other mechanical means, not by hand.
power point
a socket on a wall etc into which an electric plug can be fitted.
power station
a building where electricity is produced.
be in power
(of a political party) to be the governing party.
References in classic literature ?
A LION, worn out with years and powerless from disease, lay on the ground at the point of death.
Thus, while in life the great whale's body may have been a real terror to his foes, in his death his ghost becomes a powerless panic to a world.
He went in again, and put his right hand on the latch of the door to close it--but he did not close it: he was arrested, as he had been already since his loss, by the invisible wand of catalepsy, and stood like a graven image, with wide but sightless eyes, holding open his door, powerless to resist either the good or the evil that might enter there.
To restrain the Venetians the union of all the others was necessary, as it was for the defence of Ferrara; and to keep down the Pope they made use of the barons of Rome, who, being divided into two factions, Orsini and Colonnesi, had always a pretext for disorder, and, standing with arms in their hands under the eyes of the Pontiff, kept the pontificate weak and powerless.
That merry scamp's face whose beaming had so often restored serenity to the priest's sombre physiognomy, was now powerless to melt the gloom which grew more dense every day over that corrupted, mephitic, and stagnant soul.
Thus, the foreground is all raging commotion; but behind, in admirable artistic contrast, is the glassy level of a sea becalmed, the drooping unstarched sails of the powerless ship, and the inert mass of a dead whale, a conquered fortress, with the flag of capture lazily hanging from the whale-pole inserted into his spout-hole.
Then he has no words hard enough for the man who does not recognise its sway; for, a member of society now, he realises accurately enough that against him he is powerless.
Seeing that he was powerless to begin the conversation, she began herself.
As soon as he was let go, he sank on the ground powerless to move, though he still had possession of his senses.
And Aunt Polly, in the sitting room--who abhorred cats--fell back in her chair with a gasp of dismay, powerless to remonstrate.
She dragged her tottering limbs from the bed to visit her son once more, but her strength failed her, and she sank powerless on the ground.
She had suffered very much from cramp after dancing, and her first attempt to mount the bank brought on such a return of it as made her absolutely powerless and in this state, and exceedingly terrified, she had been obliged to remain.