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synonyms for powerless

  • defenseless
  • disenfranchised
  • helpless
  • impotent
  • incapable
  • ineffective
  • ineffectual
  • inert
  • paralyzed
  • passive
  • vulnerable
  • blank
  • chicken
  • debilitated
  • dependent
  • disabled
  • epicene
  • etiolated
  • feeble
  • frail
  • gutless
  • incapacitated
  • infirm
  • out of gas
  • prostrate
  • subject
  • supine
  • tied
  • unarmed
  • unfit
  • wimp
  • wishy-washy
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antonyms for powerless

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  • able
  • active
  • capable
  • competent
  • effective
  • lively
  • strong
  • dominant
  • potent
  • powerful
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How to use powerless in a sentence

That left the agency powerless to stop states from filling in the vacuum with their own legislation.
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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.
I DITCHED TEXTING AND PICKED UP THE PHONEABIGAIL BARRONIANFEBRUARY 22, 2021OUTSIDE ONLINE
Living in your powerless homeNow it’s time to think about what life will look like in your survival space.
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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.
A DISTRICT ATTORNEY SEXUALLY ASSAULTED ABUSE VICTIMS ON HIS OFFICE DESK, AUTHORITIES SAID. THEN HE ALLEGEDLY PRESSURED THEM TO LIE ABOUT IT.KATIE SHEPHERDFEBRUARY 5, 2021WASHINGTON POST
My silence, I realized, was due in part to my sense that I was powerless.
THE TOXICITY OF RESTAURANT KITCHENS IS EXACTLY WHY I NEVER REPORTED ABUSESLINDSEY DANISFEBRUARY 4, 2021EATER
People often tell me they feel powerless in the face of the scale of the climate crisis.
HOW TO STOP YOUR HOUSE’S EXPENSIVE DRAFTS — AND SAVE THE PLANETSARAH KAPLANJANUARY 27, 2021WASHINGTON POST
As men fixed in the grip of nightmare, we were powerless—unable to do anything but wait.
GALLIPOLI DIARY, VOLUME IIAN HAMILTON
But for the most part even industry and endowment were powerless against the inertia of custom and the dead-weight of environment.
THE UNSOLVED RIDDLE OF SOCIAL JUSTICESTEPHEN LEACOCK
The new forces controlled by mankind have been powerless as yet to remove want and destitution, hard work and social discontent.
THE UNSOLVED RIDDLE OF SOCIAL JUSTICESTEPHEN LEACOCK
The man who allows himself to be crucified is no true saviour, because by allowing it he renders himself powerless to save.
THE EVERLASTING ARMSJOSEPH HOCKING
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WORDS RELATED TO POWERLESS

  • broken-down
  • confined
  • decrepit
  • disarmed
  • hamstrung
  • handicapped
  • helpless
  • hurt
  • incapable
  • infirm
  • laid-up
  • lame
  • maimed
  • out of action
  • out-of-commission
  • paralyzed
  • powerless
  • run down
  • sidelined
  • stalled
  • weakened
  • worn-out
  • wounded
  • wrecked
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