adjective Date: before 12th century 1. lacking protection or support ; defenseless 2. a. marked by an inability to act or react <
the crowd looked on in helpless horror — Current Biography
b. not able to be controlled or restrained <
helpless laughter
helplessly adverbhelplessness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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