What does helplessly mean?

Definitions for helplessly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. helplessly, impotently, unable to help(adverb)

    in a helpless manner

    "the crowd watched him helplessly"


  1. helplessly(Adverb)

    Without protection or assistance.

    The fish flopped helplessly in the tiny remaining pool.

  2. helplessly(Adverb)

    Without the ability to help oneself.

    The rolled on the floor laughing helplessly.

  3. helplessly(Adverb)

    Without the ability to react actively.

    The spectators gaped helplessly as the balloon approached the power lines.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of helplessly in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of helplessly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Berger:

    Ours is the century of enforced travel of disappearances. The century of people helplessly seeing others, who were close to them, disappear over the horizon.

  2. Jane E. Brody:

    Turn your midlife crisis to your own advantage by making it a time for renewal of your body and mind, rather than stand by helplessly and watch them decline.

  3. Troy Vincent:

    Domestic violence was a way of life in my home growing up, my brother and I watched helplessly numerous times as my mother was beaten and knocked unconscious while we dialed 911.

  4. Peter Maurer:

    It failed as a humanitarian organization because it had lost its moral compass, it failed... by responding to the outrageous with standard procedures, it looked on helplessly and silently...

  5. James Baldwin:

    We are all androgynous, not only because we are all born of a woman impregnated by the seed of a man but because each of us, helplessly and forever, contains the other -- male in female, female in male, white in black and black in white. We are a part of each other. Many of my countrymen appear to find this fact exceedingly inconvenient and even unfair, and so, very often, do I. But none of us can do anything about it.

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