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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 ?
That the man was tied and helpless Sheeta could, of course, see; but that to the mind of the panther this would carry any suggestion of harm in so far as his master was concerned, Tarzan could not guess.
It gives me a horrible lonely, dazed, helpless feeling.
A strong breeze soon fanned the spark into a flame, and the eaglets, as yet unfledged and helpless, were roasted in their nest and dropped down dead at the bottom of the tree.
Of course I said fair and square at once what I had done, and why; then I showed the master the flies, some crushed and some crawling about helpless, and I showed him the wings on the window sill.
And here I am, unknown and unemployed, a helpless artist lost in London--with a sick wife and hungry children, and bankruptcy staring me in the face.
But still I had feared him, blind and helpless and listening, always listening, and I never let his strong arms get within reach of me while I worked.
It was with her I had to cope for the next four-and-twenty hours; and she filled me with a greater present terror than all those villains at the hall; for had not their poor little helpless captive described her as "about the worst of the gang?
She was thinking of the helpless men in the inner chamber, and she quietly recalled the surgeon to a sense of his professional duties.
Alexey Alexandrovitch, a man of great power in the world of politics, felt himself helpless in this.
His arms hung helpless at his sides; of his eyes only he retained control, and these he dared not remove from the lusterless orbs of the apparition, which he knew was not a soul without a body, but that most dreadful of all existences infesting that haunted wood--a body without a soul
At last, however, she fell right into the wind's eye, was taken dead aback, and stood there awhile helpless, with her sails shivering.
The susceptibility which would have been an impelling force where there was any possibility of action became helpless anguish when he was obliged to be passive, or else sought an active outlet in the thought of inflicting justice on Arthur.