Etymology
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helpless (adj.)

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

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Definitions of helpless

helpless (adj.)
lacking in or deprived of strength or power;
lying ill and helpless
helpless with laughter
Synonyms: incapacitated
helpless (adj.)
unable to function; without help;
Synonyms: lost
helpless (adj.)
unable to manage independently;
as helpless as a baby
From wordnet.princeton.edu