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Definition of Helpless


  1. Destitute of help or strength; unable to help or defend one's self; needing help; feeble; weak; as, a helpless infant.
  2. Beyond help; irremediable.
  3. Bringing no help; unaiding.
  4. Unsupplied; destitute; -- with of.

Helpless Quotations

Here is the tragedy: when you are the victim of depression, not only do you feel utterly helpless and abandoned by the world, you also know that very few people can understand, or even begin to believe, that life can be this painful.
Giles Andreae

We are born weak, we need strength; helpless, we need aid; foolish, we need reason. All that we lack at birth, all that we need when we come to man's estate, is the gift of education.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Advertising is a business of words, but advertising agencies are infested with men and women who cannot write. They cannot write advertisements, and they cannot write plans. They are helpless as deaf mutes on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera.
David Ogilvy

All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.
Noam Chomsky

Where misunderstanding serves others as an advantage, one is helpless to make oneself understood.
Lionel Trilling
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Helpless Translations

helpless in Dutch is waar niet aan te doen valt, hulpeloos
helpless in German is hilflos, ratlos
helpless in Italian is impacciato, perplesso
helpless in Latin is inops
helpless in Spanish is desvalido
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