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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 ?
So situated, she was powerless to check Jo, who seemed possessed by a spirit of mischief, and talked away as volubly as the lady.
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.
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.
There was a half-column account of the robbery--it was evident that a gang was operating in the neighborhood, said the paper, for it was the third within a week, and the police were apparently powerless.
A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority; it is not even a minority then; but it is irresistible when it clogs by its whole weight.
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.
I was tormented by the contrast between my idea and my handiwork: in each case I had imagined something which I was quite powerless to realise.
he looked frightful; for his thin face and large eyes were wrought into an expression of frantic, powerless fury.
Such experience of humanity as he possessed was powerless to sound to its depths the terrible self-abandonment which had burst its way to the surface in her reckless words -- which was now fast hurrying her to actions more reckless still.
And has left me," answered the nephew, "bound to a system that is frightful to me, responsible for it, but powerless in it; seeking to execute the last request of my dear mother's lips, and obey the last look of my dear mother's eyes, which implored me to have mercy and to redress; and tortured by seeking assistance and power in vain.
All this time, he lay upon his bed, the very core and centre of a blaze of ruddy light, which streamed upon it when the clock proclaimed the hour; and which, being only light, was more alarming than a dozen ghosts, as he was powerless to make out what it meant, or would be at; and was sometimes apprehensive that he might be at that very moment an interesting case of spontaneous combustion, without having the consolation of knowing it.
In this particular, his influence upon her was equally powerless with mine.