helpless Definition

  • 1unable to defend oneself or to act without help
  • 2lacking power or strength

Using helpless: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "helpless" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The baby looked so helpless lying there alone.

  • Example

    I felt helpless when I couldn't find my keys.

  • Example

    She was helpless to resist his charm.

  • Example

    The injured bird was helpless.

helpless Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for helpless

Antonyms for helpless

Phrases with helpless

  • to feel unable to do anything to improve a situation


    I felt helpless watching the fire destroy my home.

  • to make someone unable to defend themselves or to act without help


    The attacker rendered his victim helpless by tying him up.

  • a feeling of intense anger that is accompanied by a sense of powerlessness


    He felt a helpless rage as he watched the injustice unfold.


Summary: helpless in Brief

The term 'helpless' [ˈhɛlp.ləs] describes a state of being unable to defend oneself or to act without help, often due to a lack of power or strength. Examples include a baby lying alone or an injured bird. Phrases like 'feel helpless' and 'render someone helpless' denote the inability to improve a situation or to defend oneself, while 'helpless rage' describes intense anger accompanied by a sense of powerlessness.

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