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That left the agency powerless to stop states from filling in the vacuum with their own legislation.

From Quartz

In its wake, I let dozens of texts go unanswered, powerless to send a “Hey, catch up later,” but too drained to have a conversation.

Living in your powerless homeNow it’s time to think about what life will look like in your survival space.

They had to rely on Salsman to be their advocate, to represent them at a time they felt powerless, and instead they were preyed upon.

My silence, I realized, was due in part to my sense that I was powerless.

From Eater

He had been scared and powerless to protect himself, and Moscow had been silent.

While quarantined, she was seemingly powerless to challenge her banishment to a tent in Newark.

Unable to make it to a hospital, or too afraid, parents are dying at home alongside kids who are powerless to save them.

But the malpractice system is not robust in China, and patients feel powerless.

Hanifa and her father and mother and brother spent 10 days on the mountain, fearing for the girls, but powerless to help them.

As men fixed in the grip of nightmare, we were powerless—unable to do anything but wait.

But for the most part even industry and endowment were powerless against the inertia of custom and the dead-weight of environment.

The new forces controlled by mankind have been powerless as yet to remove want and destitution, hard work and social discontent.

The man who allows himself to be crucified is no true saviour, because by allowing it he renders himself powerless to save.

Now they were fugitive and nearly powerless, and I knew the Zervs were few in number from my own observation.


On this page you'll find 68 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to powerless, such as: defenseless, disenfranchised, helpless, impotent, incapable, and ineffective.

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