What does helpless mean?

Definitions for helpless
ˈhɛlp lɪshelp·less

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word helpless.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. helpless, incapacitatedadjective

    lacking in or deprived of strength or power

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

  2. helpless, lostadjective

    unable to function; without help

  3. helplessadjective

    unable to manage independently

    "as helpless as a baby"

Wiktionary

  1. helplessadjective

    Unable to defend oneself or to act without help.

  2. helplessadjective

    Uncontrollable.

  3. Etymology: From helples, from *, equivalent to. Compare hulpeloos, hilflos, hjälplös.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Helplessadjective

    Etymology: from help.

    One dire shot
    Close by the board the prince’s main-mast bore;
    All three now helpless by each other lie. John Dryden, Ann. Mirab.

    Let our enemies rage and persecute the poor and the helpless; but let it be our glory to be pure and peaceable. John Rogers.

    How shall I then your helpless fame defend?
    ’Twill then be infamy to seem your friend. Alexander Pope.

    Such helpless harms it’s better hidden keep,
    Than rip up grief, where it may not avail. Fairy Queen.

    Naked he lies, and ready to expire,
    Helpless of all that human wants require. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Helplessadjective

    destitute of help or strength; unable to help or defend one's self; needing help; feeble; weak; as, a helpless infant

  2. Helplessadjective

    beyond help; irremediable

  3. Helplessadjective

    bringing no help; unaiding

  4. Helplessadjective

    unsupplied; destitute; -- with of

Freebase

  1. Helpless

    Helpless is a play by Dusty Hughes which premièred at the Donmar Warehouse, London on March 2, 2000. It is set in England before, during, and after the 1997 general elections, which resulted in New Labour's landslide victory and in Tony Blair becoming Prime Minister.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of helpless in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of helpless in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of helpless in a Sentence

  1. Paul Valéry:

    Latent in every man is a venom of amazing bitterness, a black resentment; something that curses and loathes life, a feeling of being trapped, of having trusted and been fooled, of being the helpless prey of impotent rage, blind surrender, the victim of a savage, ruthless power that gives and takes away, enlists a man, and crowning injury inflicts upon him the humiliation of feeling sorry for himself.

  2. Charles Caleb Colton:

    In America every woman has her set of girl-friends some are cousins, the rest are gained at school. These form a permanent committee who sit on each other's affairs, who 'come out' together, marry and divorce together, and who end as those groups of bustling, heartless well-informed club-women who govern society. Against them the Couple of Ehepaar is helpless and Man in their eyes but a biological interlude.

  3. Walt Whitman:

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

  4. Pete Davis:

    For me, it's a community effort, you feel helpless and there's really nothing more you can do in the situation. But in our space, I did it to represent our community and let the community be a part of this closure.

  5. Jessica Lahey:

    Every single time we turn around and say, 'I'll just do that for you' or 'Here let me help you with that,' we are saying to them, 'I don't think you can do that for yourself,' and that is really damaging over time. We create a really helpless culture of kids so that now when I talk to college professors, they say these kids show up to college unable to handle anything on their own.

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