What is helpless?

  • (adj): Lacking in or deprived of strength or power.
    Example: "Lying ill and helpless"; "helpless with laughter"
    Synonyms: incapacitated
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on helpless:

List Of American Civil War Medal Of Honor Recipients: M–P - M
... Virginia 01862-12-13Dec 13, 1862 A wounded and helpless comrade, having been left on the skirmish line, this soldier voluntarily returned to the front under a severe fire and carried the ... life, to carry to a place of safety a wounded and helpless comrade ... rendered heroic assistance to a wounded and helpless officer, thereby saving his life and in the performance of this gallant act sustained a severe wound ...

More definitions of "helpless":

  • (adj): Unable to function; without help.
    Synonyms: lost
  • (adj): Unable to manage independently.
    Example: "As helpless as a baby"

Famous quotes containing the word helpless:

    Thus, great with child to speak, and helpless in my throes,
    Biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite:
    “Fool,” said my Muse to me, “look in thy heart and write!”
    Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)

    Quintilian [educational writer in Rome about A.D. 100] hoped that teachers would be sensitive to individual differences of temperament and ability. . . . Beating, he thought, was usually unnecessary. A teacher who had made the effort to understand his pupil’s individual needs and character could probably dispense with it: “I will content myself with saying that children are helpless and easily victimized, and that therefore no one should be given unlimited power over them.”
    C. John Sommerville (20th century)