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 for helpless
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Helpless \Help"less\, a.
     1. Destitute of help or strength; unable to help or defend
        one's self; needing help; feeble; weak; as, a helpless
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              How shall I then your helpless fame defend? --Pope.
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     2. Beyond help; irremediable.
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              Some helpless disagreement or dislike, either of
              mind or body.                         --Milton.
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     3. Bringing no help; unaiding. [Obs.]
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              Yet since the gods have been
              Helpless foreseers of my plagues.     --Chapman.
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     4. Unsupplied; destitute; -- with of. [R.]
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              Helpless of all that human wants require. --Dryden.
        -- Help"less*ly, adv. -- Help"less*ness, n.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: lacking in or deprived of strength or power; "lying ill
             and helpless"; "helpless with laughter" [syn: helpless,
      2: unable to function; without help [syn: helpless, lost]
      3: unable to manage independently; "as helpless as a baby"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  85 Moby Thesaurus words for "helpless":
     abandoned, aidless, at sea, baffled, bare-handed, bewildered,
     blind, blind drunk, blotto, confounded, confused, crippled,
     debilitated, defenseless, dependent, deserted, desolate, disabled,
     enervated, enfeebled, exhausted, faint, fatherless, feeble,
     forlorn, forsaken, friendless, godforsaken, guardless, guideless,
     helpless, homeless, impotent, incapable, incompetent, inefficient,
     inept, infirm, kithless, lame, leaderless, motherless, muddled,
     mystified, nonplussed, out, out cold, outcast, overcome, paralyzed,
     passed out, perplexed, pregnable, prostrate, spent, stiff, stoned,
     unarmed, unarmored, unattended, unavailing, uncovered, undefended,
     under the table, unfit, unfortified, unfriended, ungarrisoned,
     unguarded, unprotected, unqualified, unscreened, unsheltered,
     unshielded, unsuspecting, untenable, unwarned, unwatched, useless,
     vulnerable, weak, weakened, weaponless, worn out, worthless

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