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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HELPLESS

I remembered the helpless kid that Paralus confided to my care.

John made a helpless gesture, and at a renewed call, went indoors.

She fell to the floor in helpless, shrieking laughter when he came.

But she could not get her mother's feeling of him as a helpless, dependent thing.

Nay, we must carry on and play the part of the helpless merchant.

Christine sat on the stairs outside, frightened and helpless.

"They are helpless and alone," he muttered, slowly rising to his feet.

The tender women, and helpless children, fell victims to their cruelty.

Her right arm appeared to be helpless, for she pressed it so closely to her breast.

One-third of the cabins of the South were filled with the old and helpless.

WORD ORIGIN

"unable to act for oneself," c.1200, from help (n.) + -less. Related: Helplessly; helplessness. In Middle English and later sometimes also "unable to give help, affording no help" (late 14c.), but this was never common.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR HELPLESS

downtrodden

adjectiveafflicted, abused
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.