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Synonyms for powerless
ˈpaʊ ər lɪspow·er·less

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. powerless

    Synonyms:
    contemptible, despicable, feeble, harmless, helpless, weak

    Antonyms:
    dangerous, formidable, redoubted, terrible, tremendous

Princeton's WordNet

  1. powerlessadjective

    lacking power

    Antonyms:
    mighty, ruling, all-powerful, omnipotent, strong, puissant, muscular, almighty, coercive, compelling, powerful, reigning, regent(ip), potent, regnant

Editors Contribution

  1. unempowered

    a lack of: ability, capacity, authority.

    paul was made powerless by his boss's refusal to sign the letter of authorisation.

    Submitted by rinat on February 22, 2016  

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. powerlessadjective

    Synonyms:
    impotent, weak

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "powerless":

    impotent, helpless, defenceless, powerlessness, incapable, unable, weak

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#3646unable
#4981weak
#14453harmless
#19578helpless
#20455incapable
#30704powerless
#31313feeble
#47706despicable
#51065impotent
#73354powerlessness
#79651contemptible
#107376defenceless

How to use powerless in a sentence?

  1. Thomas Jefferson:

    The germ of dissolution of our federal government is in ... the federal judiciary; an irresponsible body (for impeachment is scarcely a scare-crow), working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing it’s noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped from the States, and the government of all be consolidated into one. ...when all government... in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the centre of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated.

  2. New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani:

    I called the mayor. I knew we had to start. Comedy is on some level the voice of the powerless. For us it was about coming back and going back to normal.

  3. Aristotle:

    The three aims of the tyrant are, one, the humiliation of his subjects; he knows that a mean-spirited man will not conspire against anybody; two, the creation of mistrust among them; for a tyrant is not to be overthrown until men begin to have confidence in one another -- and this is the reason why tyrants are at war with the good; they are under the idea that their power is endangered by them, not only because they will not be ruled despotically, but also because they are too loyal to one another and to other men, and do not inform against one another or against other men -- three, the tyrant desires that all his subjects shall be incapable of action, for no one attempts what is impossible and they will not attempt to overthrow a tyranny if they are powerless.

  4. Laura Beil:

    I guess for them it was kind of like watching a car crash in slow motion. You can see things getting worse and worse, but you feel powerless to help. And that's how she felt and then it ended in this tragic way, so she was pretty devastated. The whole family is.

  5. Erin Hunter:

    I am no cat's friend. I know too much for friendship. Be glad that you will never be burdened with the knowledge that I have. My curse is to live forever, knowing what has been and what has yet to be, powerless to change anything.

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