1. unable to help oneself; weak or dependent: a helpless invalid.
  2. deprived of strength or power; powerless; incapacitated: They were helpless with laughter.
  3. affording no help.


  1. unable to manage independently
  2. made powerless or weakthey were helpless from so much giggling
  3. without help

“unable to act for oneself,” c.1200, from help (n.) + -less. Related: Helplessly; helplessness. In Middle English and later sometimes also “unable to give help, affording no help” (late 14c.), but this was never common.

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