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1Unable to defend oneself or to act without help:‘the cubs are born blind and helpless’
dependent, incapable, powerless, impotent, weak, weakly, feebledefenceless, unprotected, vulnerable, exposed, easily hurt, easily destroyed, open to attackView synonyms
- ‘Why do we decide it is none of our business or that we are helpless to do anything about it?’
- ‘I was helpless to do anything but pray to God for her salvation.’
- ‘I am a police captain and feel totally helpless as I am unable to help my city and my family.’
- ‘He feels helpless and powerless to do anything to change things for the better.’
- ‘A person, a society and a country which is weak and helpless has no choice but to resort to violence.’
- ‘Have a heart and spare a thought for the defenceless, helpless victims and their families.’
- ‘Nonetheless, I wanted her to know that she is not at all helpless and vulnerable.’
- ‘Yet humanists should have the capability to defend the rights of the most helpless members of society.’
- ‘An American soldier had been murdered right in front of him, and he was helpless to do anything about it.’
- ‘I felt frustrated and helpless and just wanted to see if there was anything I could do.’
- ‘He awoke terrified and helpless in a hospital bed, covered in bandages and unable to move his legs.’
- ‘Don't overprotect your child - it may only make him feel more vulnerable and helpless.’
- ‘Only at the end of the book does he admit that he feels at home among the most vulnerable and helpless people.’
- ‘I am left to watch and feel desperate if not helpless in this small world in which I am unable to do more than pray.’
- ‘They are on the receiving end, or on the sidelines, feeling helpless and vulnerable.’
- ‘He felt helpless because he could not do anything to save innocent lives and bring succour to them.’
- ‘Being with Lydie when she was so weak and helpless caused Jamie to become distressed.’
- ‘In the face of such irresistible destruction, we all feel weak and helpless.’
- ‘He was very old, but she could tell by watching him walk that he was in no way helpless or weak.’
- ‘Is there anything worse than watching someone you love have to suffer while you're helpless to do anything to help?’
- 1.1 Uncontrollable:‘they burst into helpless laughter’
- ‘My colleague and I looked at each other and then dissolved into helpless laughter.’
- ‘These three had the same effect on me as she had on Prince Charles: they reduced me to helpless laughter.’
- ‘The helpless laughter of audiences gives him the approval which he was denied as a child.’
- ‘Within moments, we would be dissolved into hopeless, helpless, joyful laughter.’
- ‘I used to read it aloud to my little brother, and we'd collapse into helpless laughter.’
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