[ UK /hˈɛlpləsnəs/ ]
[ US /ˈhɛɫpɫəsnəs/ ]
  1. powerlessness revealed by an inability to act
    in spite of their weakness the group remains active
  2. a feeling of being unable to manage
  3. the state of needing help from something
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How To Use helplessness In A Sentence

  • I was overwhelmed by a feeling of helplessness as I watched her being wheeled into the operating theatre.
  • I wanted, desperately needed for him to reach across the line that he had drawn, and so it was with dumb horror that I watched him retreat, his expression turning lawyerly even as I read the helplessness in his eyes. Dreaming in French
  • The unhappy helplessness of the man in the foxskin coat evidently afforded him great pleasure. The Schoolmistress and other stories
  • The themes of separation and helplessness are probably objectifications of his own grief over the loss of his wife.
  • Individuals can respond to these experiences with intense fear, horror or a sense of helplessness.
  • Practice periods that end in gloom and despondency must be avoided - they have the opposite effect of reinforcing or "conditioning" helplessness. The Secrets of Musical Confidence
  • They know the frustration, the anxiety, the helplessness and the embarrassment of being on the mound and throwing pitches nowhere near home plate, heaving some to the backstop.
  • What this film does get right is the utter helplessness of man when pitted against a shark in a battle of life or death.
  • To teach them to embrace dependency on the government is to embrace learned helplessness.
  • He drew long, soft, angry breaths, waiting mute and dangerous inside his helplessness like a beast in its lair.
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