powerless

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From Middle English pouerles, powerles, equivalent to power +‎ -less.

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powerless (comparative more powerless, superlative most powerless)

  1. Lacking sufficient power or strength.
    I admit that I am powerless over my hatred towards white people in ways that I am unable to recognize fully, both at this time and in the past.
  2. Lacking legal authority.
    The traffic warden was powerless to stop me driving away.

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