powerlessness


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.powerlessness - the quality of lacking strength or power; being weak and feeble
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
helplessness, impuissance, weakness - powerlessness revealed by an inability to act; "in spite of their weakness the group remains active"
unpersuasiveness - inability to persuade
uninterestingness - inability to capture or hold one's interest
voicelessness - having no voice in the management or control of affairs; "the voicelessness of those who live in situations of hopelessness"
paper tiger - the nature of a person or organization that appears powerful but is actually powerless and ineffectual; "he reminded Mao that the paper tiger had nuclear teeth"
ineffectiveness, ineffectuality, ineffectualness - lacking the power to be effective
power, powerfulness - possession of controlling influence; "the deterrent power of nuclear weapons"; "the power of his love saved her"; "his powerfulness was concealed by a gentle facade"
power, powerfulness - possession of controlling influence; "the deterrent power of nuclear weapons"; "the power of his love saved her"; "his powerfulness was concealed by a gentle facade"

powerlessness

noun
1. Lack of ability or capacity:
2. The condition or state of being incapable of accomplishing or effecting anything:
Translations
عَجْز، إنْعِدام القُوَّه
bezmocnost
magtesløshed
kraftleysi
güçsüzlük

powerlessness

[ˈpaʊəlɪsnɪs] Nimpotencia f

powerlessness

[ˈpaʊərləsnɪs] n (= impotence, helplessness) → impuissance f
a feeling of powerlessness → un sentiment d'impuissancepower line nligne f à haute tensionpower list nliste f des personnalités les plus influentespower lunch ndéjeuner m d'affaires (avec un ou des interlocuteurs influents)power of attorney nprocuration fpower pack nbloc m d'alimentationpower plant n (= building) → centrale f électrique nuclear power plantpower play power-play n
(in politics, business)jeu m de pouvoir, jeu m de pouvoirs
(SPORT)période f de supériorité numériquepower point n (British)prise f de courantpower sharing npartage m du pouvoirpower shower ndouche f à hydromassagepower station ncentrale f électrique nuclear power stationpower steering ndirection f assistéepower struggle nlutte f pour le pouvoirpower supply nalimentation f électriquepower surge nsurtension fpower tool noutil m électriquepower trio n (MUSIC)trio m électriquepower vacuum nvacance f du pouvoirpower walking nmarche f rapide

powerlessness

[ˈpaʊəlɪsnɪs] nimpotenza

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 ?
The girls never forgot that night, for no sleep came to them as they kept their watch, with that dreadful sense of powerlessness which comes to us in hours like those.
I had meant to be gay and careless, but the powerlessness of the strong man touched my heart to the quick: still I accosted him with what vivacity I could.
He distorted his lower lip, and nodded his head hopelessly at the grey-haired man beside him, to indicate his powerlessness to help me.
Thereupon followed various and unpleasant consequences of a physical order - "queer symptoms," as the captain, who treated them, used to say; inexplicable periods of powerlessness, sudden accesses of mysterious pain; and the patient agreed fully with the regretful mutters of his very attentive captain wishing that it had been a straightforward broken leg.
You have known the powerlessness of ideas before the might of impulse; and my visions, when once they had passed into memory, were mere ideas--pale shadows that beckoned in vain, while my hand was grasped by the living and the loved.
There was gathering within him an amazed sense of his powerlessness over Rosamond.
If I could only do anything to help," cried Polly, oppressed with her own powerlessness.
It was perhaps pity for his blind helplessness, perhaps contempt for his powerlessness, that saved him, who can tell?
Self-possession was fully restored to her, and in the reaction from that horrible moment of powerlessness she recited as she had never done before.
Supremely wise in knowing his own powerlessness, Stevie was not wise enough to restrain his passions.
While he raged at them and reviled them for opposing him with the speech of the honest and true, it had scratched his stony heart, and he had perceived the powerlessness of all his wealth to buy them if he had addressed himself to the attempt.
As the young fellow realized the certainty of her fate, and his own powerlessness to prevent it, he wished that he, too, was lying with the old farmer in his last silent resting-place.