helplessly helplessly  /ˈhɛl pləs li/


  • (adv) in a helpless manner



  1. Mai's family sat helplessly while she was dragged into a room, even as she screamed and pleaded for mercy.
  2. Firemen drew sniper fire as they attempted to douse the flames, and outnumbered police watched helplessly at times as the street gangs rampaged.
  3. The other is the photo of Bush staring out the window of Air Force One, helplessly viewing the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina.


  1. Parents of girl killed in Qatar fire fear justice won’t be served

    Georgia State professor Grace O watched helplessly as smoke billowed from the Qatar shopping mall, knowing her 2-1/2-year-old daughter, Zeinah, was trapped at a nursery inside.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  2. Neighbors tried in vain to save West Hills mother of two Michelle Kane from knife wounds

    Retired photographer Loni Specter watched helplessly Saturday morning as a 43-year-old mother of two who was allegedly stabbed by her estranged husband took her final gasps in the street next to his home. | ARREST: LAUSD teacher Michael Kane arrested in Joshua Tree | NEIGHBORS: They tried to save mother of two from stab wounds | ATTORNEYS: Michelle Kane repeatedly asked for police protection
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Daily News

  3. Darien Times editorial: Moving forward

    Something is clearly wrong when nearly 150 people show up to a meeting to discuss their concerns with special education. Story after story , each more appalling than the next, brought tears to the eyes of those who had felt similar emotions as they helplessly watched their children’s education slip away.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: The Darien Times


  1. "Every day, thousands of mothers watch helplessly as their children die from a disease that we have known how to prevent for decades," Gates said in a statement, calling the toll a "moral outrage."
    on Dec 12, 2006 By: Melinda Gates Source: Seattle Times

  2. "I am afraid because I have a fear of storms," Silverstone says melodramatically. "I'm a Massachusetts mother helplessly standing by as the schools teach my children that gay marriage is okay. I also have an issue with their hot lunch...
    on Apr 22, 2009 By: Alicia Silverstone Source: FOXNews

  3. "We're so used to being in control of as much as we possibly can be," Barfoot says. "We're used to having a choice, and I think we will not be as meekly or helplessly set aside as we have perhaps imposed on our own elders. We're going to be...
    on Aug 20, 2008 By: Joan Barfoot Source: 660 News

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