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 Dictionary entry overview: What does helplessness mean? 

  The noun HELPLESSNESS has 3 senses:

1. powerlessness revealed by an inability to act
2. the state of needing help from something
3. a feeling of being unable to manage

  Familiarity information: HELPLESSNESS used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1helplessness [BACK TO TOP]


Powerlessness revealed by an inability to act

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects


helplessness; impuissance; weakness

Context example:

in spite of their weakness the group remains highly active

Hypernyms ("helplessness" is a kind of...):

impotence; impotency; powerlessness (the quality of lacking strength or power; being weak and feeble)

Sense 2helplessness [BACK TO TOP]


The state of needing help from something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Hypernyms ("helplessness" is a kind of...):

dependance; dependence; dependency (lack of independence or self-sufficiency)

Sense 3helplessness [BACK TO TOP]


A feeling of being unable to manage

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Hypernyms ("helplessness" is a kind of...):

depression (sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy)

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