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powerless

adjective
     
pow‧er‧less
unable to stop or control something because you do not have the power, strength, or legal right to do so [↪ powerful]:
He felt so powerless.
powerless to do something
Local police were powerless to stop them doing it again.
powerless against
The villagers were powerless against the rising flood water.
powerlessly adverb
powerlessness noun [uncountable]
a sense of frustration and powerlessness
WORD FOCUS: weak WORD FOCUS: weak
person: puny, feeble, weedy British English, frail, fragile, powerless, vulnerable

thing: fragile, delicate, flimsy, rickety, badly made, jerry-built


See also
weak

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