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Synonyms for helpless
ˈhɛlp lɪshelp·less

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. helpless

    contemptible, despicable, feeble, harmless, powerless, weak

    dangerous, formidable, redoubted, terrible, tremendous

Princeton's WordNet

  1. helpless, incapacitatedadjective

    lacking in or deprived of strength or power

    "lying ill and helpless"; "helpless with laughter"

    lost, incapacitated

    independent, powerful, hopeful

  2. helpless, lostadjective

    unable to function; without help

    befuddled, lost(p), mixed-up, disoriented, lost, bemused, deep in thought(p), preoccupied, at sea, missed, confused, incapacitated, baffled, confounded, mazed, bewildered

    hopeful, powerful, independent

  3. helplessadjective

    unable to manage independently

    "as helpless as a baby"

    lost, incapacitated

    powerful, hopeful, independent

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. helplessadjective

    weak, feeble, powerless, impotent, imbecile, disabled, infirm

  2. helplessadjective

    exposed, defenceless, unprotected

  3. helplessadjective

    irremediable, beyond help

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    You might be clothless presently, but you shouldn't be hopeless. Also, you might be homeless, but you shouldn't be hopeless. As well, you might be foodless presently but, don't be hopeless. Perhaps, you might be helpless currently, but never become hopeless. You might even be perplexed currently, but never become hopeless. At worst, you might have lost everything you've acquired over the years, but never lose hope. Because, hope is always available when everything else has gone. Thus, cling to it (hope) for life and never let go of it. I mean, dare to hope against (all) hope i.e. be and remain hopeful even when your situation seems hopeless. ~Emeasoba George.

  2. Walt Whitman:

    The poet judges not as a judge judges but as the sun falling around a helpless thing.

  3. Emeasoba George:

    A hopeful life is more probable to be helpful/fruitful/successful. Whereas, a hopeless life is most definite to be helpless/unfruitful/unsuccessful. Therefore, for life be hopeful and never hopeless, even if/when it seems there is not a hope at all.

  4. Laura Hollis:

    The greatest problem facing the United States today is not racism; it is the disappearance of the can-do attitude that built the country, ... We’ve lost the sense of individual responsibility for our problems, and that’s bad enough. But what’s worse, we’re losing faith in our ability to solve our problems. This acquired sense of helplessness is catastrophic, and it has paralyzed large swaths of the American public – rural, urban and suburban. … Encouraging dependence upon government not only creates generations of helpless people; it inures them to government’s ineffectiveness.

  5. Tawanna Adkins:

    I felt helpless because I wasn't there to protect him. I felt like I had let him down. A sense of sadness just came over me, it just broke my heart that they felt comfortable harassing, abusing and humiliating.

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