• IPA: /ˈhɛlplɪs/


  1. Unable to defend oneself.
    • 1995, Bryan Adams, Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?
      Then when you find yourself lyin' helpless in her arms
      You know you really love a woman
  2. Lacking help; powerless.
  3. Unable to act without help; needing help; feeble.
  4. Uncontrollable.
    a helpless urge
  5. (obsolete) From which there is no possibility of being saved.
    • , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene
      For, while they fly that gulf's devouring jawes,
      They on the rock are rent and sunck in helplesse wawes.
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