What does helplessness mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. helplessness, weakness, impuissancenoun

    powerlessness revealed by an inability to act

    "in spite of their weakness the group remains active"

  2. helplessnessnoun

    the state of needing help from something

  3. helplessnessnoun

    a feeling of being unable to manage


  1. helplessnessnoun

    The state of being helpless.

  2. helplessnessnoun

    A feeling of inadequacy or impotence.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Helplessnessnoun

    Want of succour; want of ability.

    Etymology: from helpless.


  1. helplessness

    Helplessness is a state of being unable to take action, control situations, or protect oneself due to a perceived lack of capability, power, or resources. It can be referred to as a feeling of dependence, vulnerability, or incapability experienced in certain challenging or overwhelming circumstances. Helplessness is often associated with feelings of despair, passivity, and loss of hope.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of helplessness in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of helplessness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of helplessness in a Sentence

  1. Gulseli Karaduman:

    There has been no air support, nothing. For three days we've been living with this helplessness.

  2. Stephanie Bonne:

    There is a feeling of helplessness like you're trying and trying, you're trying to push against the system, and yet the patients just keep coming and coming.

  3. Rhea Boyd:

    Providing a controlled space to understand what is going on and ways to process it will help children navigate the distressing emotions, helplessness and fear they may be experiencing.

  4. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan:

    We cannot bear any longer to sit back and watch bodies of children and women washed ashore on the coasts of the Mediterranean and Aegean as a result of a forced helplessness, the solution of this crisis is through bringing down the tyrannic regime in Syria.

  5. Donald Tusk:

    We can no longer allow solidarity to be equivalent to naivety, openness to be equivalent to helplessness, freedom to be equivalent to chaos. And by that, I am of course referring to the situation on our borders, citizens want to feel safe again, because only then will they be capable of helping people in need.

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