powerlessness revealed by an inability to act;
"in spite of their weakness the group remains active"
the state of needing help from something
a feeling of being unable to manage
- It gave him a strange feeling of responsibility and helplessness.
- She felt the flow of the tide of effort and interest--felt her own helplessness without quite realising the wisp on the tide that she was.
- Tom signaled his helplessness to Mary by shrugging.
- FEW sensations of helplessness match that of driving a car that unexpectedly skids.
- helpless 无助的