helplessness

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helpless +‎ -ness

Noun[edit]

helplessness (usually uncountable, plural helplessnesses)

  1. The state of being helpless.
  2. A feeling of inadequacy or impotence.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter 1, The Purchase Price:
      Captain Edward Carlisle, soldier as he was, martinet as he was, felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, her alluring smile ; he could not tell what this prisoner might do.

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  • helplessness” in An American Dictionary of the English Language, by Noah Webster, 1828.
  • helplessness in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • impotence” in Roget's Thesaurus, T. Y. Crowell Co., 1911.