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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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How to use helpless in a sentence?

  1. Walt Whitman:

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

  2. Belva Plain:

    How helpless we are, like netted birds, when we are caught by desire!

  3. Frank Herbert:

    If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.

  4. Phil Davis:

    I'm Phil Davis. I write about this stuff -- not necessarily to this extent, but shootings and death -- all the time, but as much as I'm going to try to articulate how traumatizing it is to be hiding under your desk, you don't know until you're there and you feel helpless.

  5. Tara Edwards:

    Imagine how difficult it has been to have felt so helpless, hopeless and voiceless in my own nightmare for so long, i am finally in a place where I feel strong enough to stand up.

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