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    • US Pronunciation
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    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [help-lis]
    • /ˈhɛlp lɪs/
    • /ˈhelp.ləs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [help-lis]
    • /ˈhɛlp lɪs/

Definitions of helplessly word

  • adjective helplessly unable to help oneself; weak or dependent: a helpless invalid. 1
  • adjective helplessly deprived of strength or power; powerless; incapacitated: They were helpless with laughter. 1
  • adjective helplessly affording no help. 1
  • noun helplessly Without protection or assistance. 1
  • adverb helplessly without strength 1
  • adverb helplessly without control 1

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Origin of helplessly

First appearance:

before 1125
One of the 6% oldest English words
Middle English word dating back to 1125-75; See origin at help, -less

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Parts of speech for Helplessly


helplessly popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 85% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for helplessly

adv helplessly

  • weakly — weak or feeble in constitution; not robust; sickly.
  • dependent — To be dependent on something or someone means to need them in order to succeed or be able to survive.
  • destitute — Someone who is destitute has no money or possessions.
  • forlorn — desolate or dreary; unhappy or miserable, as in feeling, condition, or appearance.
  • forsaken — past participle of forsake.

adverb helplessly

  • powerless — unable to produce an effect: a disease against which modern medicine is virtually powerless.
  • vulnerably — capable of or susceptible to being wounded or hurt, as by a weapon: a vulnerable part of the body.
  • dependently — relying on someone or something else for aid, support, etc.
  • defenselessly — In a defenseless manner.
  • in-capable of — not capable.

Antonyms for helplessly

adverb helplessly

  • confidently — having strong belief or full assurance; sure: confident of fulfillment.

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