Definition of "helplessness" []

  • The act of giving up trying as a result of consistent failure to be rewarded in life, thought to be a symptom of depression (noun)
  • The state of being helpless. (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

  • A feeling of inadequacy or impotence. (noun) : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "helplessness" in a sentence
  • "And the great lion lay and roared in helplessness, and at each prod exposed his nose more and lifted it higher, until, at the end, his red tongue ran out between his fangs and licked the boot resting none too gently on his neck, and, after that, licked the broomstick that had administered all the punishment."
  • "Danton was impelled, though, because as Linda, the young bride, stood before him, her fine eyes were on his, in helplessness and in appeal."
  • "She opened her hands in an expression of helplessness."