appear, be, feel, lie, look, seem, stand, watch

John felt completely helpless.

He lay helpless in the hospital ward.

leave sb, render sb

He was left helpless and alone.

She was rendered helpless by panic.

absolutely, completely, quite, totally, utterly
apparently, seemingly
almost, virtually

She was helpless against his strength.


Kirk stood helpless before this giant of a man.

in the face of

I felt helpless in the face of all these rules and regulations.


She was helpless with anger.

Helpless is used with these nouns: ↑creature, ↑gesture, ↑laughter, ↑prey, ↑rage, ↑shrug, ↑tear, ↑victim

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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