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Noun: helplessness  help-lus-nus
  1. Powerlessness revealed by an inability to act
    "in spite of their helplessness the group remains active";
    - weakness, impuissance
     
  2. The state of needing help from something
     
  3. A feeling of being unable to manage

Type of: dependance, dependence, dependency, depression, impotence, impotency, powerlessness

Encyclopedia: Helplessness, learned