• "'Shame on you all, to hit a helpless man!'"
    "'Shame on you all, to hit a helpless man!'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n helplessness powerlessness revealed by an inability to act "in spite of their weakness the group remains active"
    • n helplessness a feeling of being unable to manage
    • n helplessness the state of needing help from something
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n helplessness The state of being helpless.
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  • Martin Seligan
    Martin Seligan
    “Learned helplessness is the giving-up reaction, the quitting response that follows from the belief that whatever you do doesn't matter.”
  • John W. Scoville
    John W. Scoville
    “No cause is helpless if it is just. Errors, no matter how popular, carry the seeds of their own destruction.”
  • Lionel Trilling
    “Where misunderstanding serves others as an advantage, one is helpless to make oneself understood.”
  • James Baldwin
    “It is a very rare man who does not victimize the helpless.”
  • Euripides
    “The bold are helpless without cleverness.”
  • Woodrow T. Wilson
    “A little group of willful men reflecting no opinion but their own have rendered the great Government of the United States helpless and contemptible.”


In literature:

Two great-hearts, neither of them more than a helpless girl.
"The Sagebrusher" by Emerson Hough
The pack-horse turned upon him dumb eyes of reproach, struggled to free its limbs from the mud, and sank down helplessly.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
He must, I think, have seen something helpless and unhappy in Trenchard's appearance on this evening.
"The Dark Forest" by Hugh Walpole
No one knew, in the voiceless darkness, of the suddenly helpless and collapsed condition in which I landed on the other side.
"Cape Cod Folks" by Sarah P. McLean Greene
Her brother drifted helplessly into the bay.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
Somewhat helpless he looked around.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
We have all seen instances of the affection and care which most animals give to their helpless or nearly helpless offspring.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
We are helpless to combat them.
"Invaders from the Infinite" by John Wood Campbell
And she could only helplessly blink at him.
"The Coast of Chance" by Esther Chamberlain
Like the helpless, I didn't want it; I hadn't asked for it; nor had I earned it.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith

In poetry:

Some twa-three hours had gane, an' syne
Hame cam' the gudeman frae his wark;
His helpless wife lay near the bed,
Whaur lay the faither stiff an' stark.
"The Fever-Cloud" by Janet Hamilton
Or like some vessel wrecked upon the sand
Of torrid swamps, with all her merchandise,
And left to rot betwixt the sea and land,
My helpless spirit lies.
"Honours -- Part II." by Jean Ingelow
Throughout the Son’s long helplessness
His good was to thine own preferred;
May we so serve; and still, like Thee,
Stand back to let His voice be heard!
"To The Virgin Mary" by Mary Hannay Foott
A smarter grief within me wrought
Than even at loss of her so dear;
Dead the being whose soul my soul suffused,
Her child ill-used,
I helpless to interfere!
"Her Death And After" by Thomas Hardy
And thou, O Friend and Father! find
A home to shield their helpless youth!
Dear hearts to love -- sweet ties to bind --
And guide and guard them in the truth!
"Hymn Sung At An Anniversary Of The Asylum Of Orphans At Charleston" by Henry Timrod
Guide us through the perilous path;
Teach us love that tempers wrath;
Let the fountain of mercy flow
Alike for helpless friend and foe,
Children all of Thine.
"Hymn Written For The Great Central Fair In Philadelphia, 1864" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

In a thicket at the bottom of a 50-foot ravine, Jessica Lee sat trapped in her vehicle, helpless and hidden.
But movies about helpless humans versus uncontrollable nature are rare.
Heaven can wait—Pastor Eddie Young serves the homeless and helpless here and now at Redeeming Hope Ministries in Fort Sanders.
In the three games prior to Saturday's contest, the Revolution goalkeeper had watched -- often helplessly -- eight shots find the back of his net as opponents sliced and diced the defense in front of him.
Anyone who has tried to raise a young child will be helpless before "I Am Sam," a shamelessly uplifting melodrama about a mentally challenged man fighting for custody of his young daughter.
Liam sees himself as having lived in the same sort of helpless pickle, just bobbing around on the floodwaters of fortune.
TUnE-yArDs — w h o k i l l. Fleet Foxes — Helplessness Blues.
No matter what word one uses — apathy , sadness — each of the above and many more, like hopelessness, helplessness, are all symptoms and/or expressions of depression.
A new group of volunteers is stepping up to aid the helpless and homeless animals in our area.
The viral video campaign reinforces a dangerous, centuries-old idea that Africans are helpless and that idealistic Westerners must save them.
He was helpless as he knelt over Ereck Plancher and tried to keep him from dying.
Colorado residents watch helplessly as houses burn .
SAO PAULO—Sebastian Vettel found himself spinning around on the track just after the start, watching helplessly as other cars whizzed past him.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Sebastian Vettel found himself spinning around on the track just after the start, watching helplessly as other cars whizzed past him.
One defender, a helpless bystander from Chattanooga , stood between McLemore and the basket.

In science:

While identifying the physical cause for this phenomenon remains a distant aspiration (the label “dark energy” encapsulates our helplessness), the prospects for discovering the dark matter particles seem more promising.
Dark matter and cosmic structure
The t-channel proceeds through the exchange of a sneutrino. g Using ISR γ is helpless because of the very low cross-section of this process.
MSSM, Msugra and the LSP at LEPII
However, this verification is helpless to finding a formal proof of the following Theorem 2.
The SLOCC invariant and the residual entanglement for n-qubits