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synonyms for helpless

  • defenseless
  • destitute
  • disabled
  • forlorn
  • impotent
  • paralyzed
  • powerless
  • unable
  • unprotected
  • weak
  • abandoned
  • basket-case
  • debilitated
  • dependent
  • exposed
  • feeble
  • forsaken
  • friendless
  • inefficient
  • inexpert
  • infirm
  • invalid
  • over a barrel
  • pinned
  • prostrate
  • shiftless
  • tapped
  • tapped out
  • unfit
  • up creek without paddle
  • with hands tied
See also synonyms for: helplessly / helplessness
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antonyms for helpless

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  • able
  • capable
  • fit
  • potent
  • powerful
  • secure
  • strong
  • competent
  • enterprising
  • independent
  • resourceful
  • skilled
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How to use helpless in a sentence

As the pandemic and the rising casualty count dominated the news, people trying to avoid the virus have remained isolated at home, feeling helpless.
THE WAY WE EXPRESS GRIEF FOR STRANGERS IS CHANGINGTANYA BASUDECEMBER 3, 2020MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
Leaf-cutting worker ants might look like they’d be helpless against an enemy soldier ant many times their size.
MINERAL BODY ARMOR HELPS SOME LEAF-CUTTING ANTS WIN FIGHTS WITH BIGGER KINCHRISTIE WILCOXNOVEMBER 24, 2020SCIENCE NEWS
We didn’t realize it was a long journey until we realized how helpless we were.
FAMILIAR FAUCI ANECDOTES, TOLD WITH A BROOKLYN ACCENTAMY GOLDSTEINOCTOBER 30, 2020WASHINGTON POST
To respect their wishes, I sat in the parched grass and waited, feeling helpless.
I HIT A CYCLIST WITH MY CARBROOKE WARRENOCTOBER 28, 2020OUTSIDE ONLINE
Looking at that newspaper in the middle of the American desert, I wondered whether it was now my turn to know familial loss and feel helpless.
HOW BIKING ACROSS AMERICA FORMED AN UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIPRAFFI JOE WARTANIANOCTOBER 8, 2020OUTSIDE ONLINE
The fingers of all the clocks in the house were revolving with the most extraordinary rapidity--she was helpless.
HILDA LESSWAYSARNOLD BENNETT
She was helpless, because she had said nothing all day of her appointment, and because Janet had not mentioned it either.
HILDA LESSWAYSARNOLD BENNETT
The keen resentment had faded from his face, but an immense reproach was there—a heavy, helpless, appealing reproach.
CONFIDENCEHENRY JAMES
"Perhaps I can write to you," Hugh tried to console her, feeling horribly guilty and helpless.
ROSEMARY IN SEARCH OF A FATHERC. N. WILLIAMSON
But Bocardon, who had to account to higher powers, the proprietors of the hotel, was helpless.
THE JOYOUS ADVENTURES OF ARISTIDE PUJOLWILLIAM J. LOCKE
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