An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (defenseless)
a. indefenso
A baby tiger looks helpless, but it's not.Un tigre bebé se ve indefenso, pero no lo es.
b. desamparado
The police are afraid to patrol this neighborhood at night, so they leave the residents helpless.La policía tiene miedo de patrullar este barrio de noche, así que dejan a los residentes desamparados.
2. (powerless)
a. impotente
Raj felt helpless to stop the attack on the passenger in the subway.Raj sintió impotente de no poder parar el ataque contra el pasajero en el metro.
b. inútil
Greg's helpless in the ring with his dominant hand injured.Greg es inútil en el cuadrilátero con la mano dominante herida.
c. incapaz
They were helpless against the onslaught of water when the dike broke.Se vieron incapaces contra la arremetida de agua cuando el dique se rompió.
d. de impotencia
Nina got a flat tire and just sat in the car with a helpless look on her face.A Nina se le ponchó una llanta y se quedó sentada en el carro con una mirada de impotencia en la cara.
3. (uncontrollable)
a. incontrolable
John and Marie went to a lecture on the healing power of helpless laughter.John y Marie fueron a una plática sobre el poder curativo de la risa incontrolable.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (powerless)
a. impotente
2. (defenseless)
a. indefenso(a)
we were helpless to prevent itno pudimos evitarlo
to be helpless with laughterno poder dejar de reír
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helpless [ˈhelplɪs]
1 (powerless) [+victim] indefenso; inerme (formal); [+feeling] impotente; [+gesture] de impotencia; (incapacitated) incapacitado
you will be more or less helpless for a few days after the operation
he is helpless without his crutches sin las muletas no puede hacer nada
to be helpless [to] do sth
we were helpless to prevent it no pudimos hacer nada para impedirlo
to feel helpless sentirse impotente
she is a helpless invalid está inválida y no puede valerse por sí misma
to be helpless with laughter estar muerto de (la) risa
he lay helpless on the ground yacía indefenso or inerme en el suelo
2 (vulnerable) indefenso
how could anybody do that to a helpless child?
as helpless as a baby tan indefenso como un bebé
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