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helpless

adjective
     
help‧less
1 unable to look after yourself or to do anything to help yourself:
He began to feel depressed and helpless.
a vicious attack on a helpless victim
Newman threw out a hand in a helpless gesture.
2 unable to control a strong feeling that you have
helpless with
He was near to death, and I was helpless with fear.
helpless laughter/rage/tears etc
We both collapsed into helpless giggles.
helplessly adverb
helplessness noun [uncountable]

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