helpless helpless  /ˈhɛl pləs/

Definition(s):

  1. (adj) lacking in or deprived of strength or power
  2. (adj) unable to function; without help
  3. (adj) unable to manage independently

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. The snarling soldiers posted as security are helpless against this crush of sweating humanity.
  2. Their children, six of them, are appalled witnesses to the spectacle of their parents' collapse and the helpless recipients of their toxic attentions.
  3. For his part, Moua portrays the Hmong as helpless innocents.

News

  1. Marcia Davis: Keep snakes in check by being less attractive

    Young birds, both in and out of the nest, are especially vulnerable to predators. People often react emotionally and take action when they witness an act of predation on a helpless young bird. Many a black rat snake has lost its head to a hoe or a shovel as a result.
    on June 23, 2013     Source: Knoxville News Sentinel

  2. “Landlords from Hell” Convicted of Being Landlords from Hell

    As Tom Wolfe, paraphrasing Philip Roth, put it: “The imagination of the novelist lies helpless before what he knows he will read in tomorrow morning’s newspaper.” Or (in less weighty terms): You can’t make this stuff up. Here we have …
    on June 22, 2013     Source: WebProNews

  3. Commentary: Leadership Education and a New Approach to Positive Youth Development

    Parents often feel helpless when it comes to teen drugs and alcohol use. But prevention research over the past two decades has shown that by encouraging their kids to get involved in the community – either through school, houses of worship, sports, etc. – parents can change their kids’ ability to turn down drugs and alcohol.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Join Together Online

Quotes

  1. Co-producer Todd McFarlane adds, "You've still got Dorothy trapped in an odd place, but she's much closer to the Ripley character from Alien than a helpless singing girl."
    on Aug 24, 2009 By: Todd McFarlane Source: Indian Express

  2. "There's nothing more horrifying than a parent standing there helpless and seeing their child backed over," said Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., who helped develop the proposal with Sen. John Sununu, RN.H.
    on May 15, 2007 By: Bill Nelson Source: Washington Post

  3. Snoop explains, "My daughter is the love of my life. When she'd lay in bed saying, 'My brain hurts', it bothered me so much. I felt helpless...... (But) she's the toughest little thing I've ever met, even with the needles."
    on Jul 7, 2010 By: Snoop Dogg Source: Peace FM Online

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