What does powerless mean?

Definitions for powerless
ˈpaʊ ər lɪspow·er·less

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. powerlessadjective

    lacking power


  1. powerlessadjective

    Lacking sufficient power or strength.

    You are powerless to stop me

  2. powerlessadjective

    Lacking legal authority.

    The traffic warden was powerless to stop me driving away.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Powerlessadjective

    Weak; impotent.

    Etymology: from power.

    I give you welcome with a pow’rless hand,
    But with a heart full of unstained love. William Shakespeare.


  1. Powerless

    Powerless is a song by American rock band Linkin Park. The song was written by the band and produced by co-lead vocalist Mike Shinoda and Rick Rubin. Its working title was "Tinfoil", which instead ended up serving as the intro to the song. It was released on iTunes as a digital single from the soundtrack of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter on October 31, 2012, in Japan. The song was also released as a single worldwide through the official website of the band. The song was released as the third single from the album Living Things. The release included the "Powerless" artwork and featured just the one track.


  1. powerless

    Powerless refers to lacking strength, influence, or authority. It describes a state or condition where one doesn't possess the ability, right, or resources to effect, transform, or control a particular situation, event, or person. This term can be used in a variety of contexts, such as social, political, legal, or personal circumstances. In essence, being powerless means lacking the capacity or potency to take action or make a difference.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Powerlessadjective

    destitute of power, force, or energy; weak; impotent; not able to produce any effect

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of powerless in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of powerless in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of powerless in a Sentence

  1. Laertius Diogenes:

    Solon used to say that speech was the image of actions... that laws were like cobwebs, --for that if any trifling or powerless thing fell into them, they held it fast while if it were something weightier, it broke through them and was off.

  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. Hakki Akdeniz:

    Homeless people are the most innocent people, they are powerless, they have nothing.

  4. Deng Yuwen:

    I don't think there is any question that Xi Jinping's term will be extended, the confirmation of the start date of the 20th Party Congress shows the die is cast, and any opposition to Xi is powerless to change the situation.

  5. Hammurabi:

    The first duty of government is to protect the powerless from the powerful.

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