One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Inability to defend oneself or to act effectively.‘worst of all is the feeling of helplessness’
- ‘These faces tell a story of loss, of despair, and of complete helplessness.’
- ‘I can remember well my bewilderment and sense of helplessness when given the task of identifying a topic, posing 'the question', creating hypotheses, and identifying an appropriate research methodology.’
- ‘The proprietor spreads his hands in a gesture of helplessness.’
- ‘Optimism turns to pessimism and a growing sense of helplessness as funds are depleted and rejection letters arrive.’
- ‘All of them plead helplessness due to lack of funds and lack of manpower.’
- ‘He watched her with a mingled feeling of helplessness, admiration, and hate.’
- ‘What this film does get right is the utter helplessness of man when pitted against a shark in a battle of life or death.’
- ‘His words clearly expressed the helplessness of some local businesses investing abroad.’
- ‘The captain told of the anguish and helplessness experienced when injured crew are taken into the care of people outside of the navy's control.’
- ‘His face expresses bewildered helplessness, reminding us that the photographer must either choose to lend a helpful hand or snap the photo.’
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