Synonyms of powerless
1 defencelessDictionary • political systems that keep women poor and powerless
defenceless • a leader who would leave the country isolated and defenceless
vulnerable • Their tanks would be vulnerable to attack from the air.
dependent • I refuse to be dependent, despite having a baby to care for.
ineffective • They are burdened with an ineffective leader.
unarmed • Thirteen unarmed civilians died in that attack.
over a barrel (informal)
2 weakDictionary • His leg muscles were powerless with lack of use.
weak • I was too weak to move my arms and legs.
disabled • the practical problems encountered by disabled people in the workplace
helpless • Since the accident I am completely helpless.
incapable • He argued that he was mentally incapable.
paralysed • The disease left him with a paralysed right arm.
frail • She lay in bed looking particularly frail.
feeble • He was old and feeble.
impotent • Bullies leave people feeling hurt, angry and impotent.
ineffectual • The mayor had become ineffectual in the war against drugs.
prostrate • Gaston was prostrate on his sickbed.
infirm • her ageing, infirm husband
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defencelessIf someone or something is defenceless, they are weak and unable to defend themselves properly.
• a leader who would leave the country isolated and defenceless
• I refuse to be dependent, despite having a baby to care for.
disabledSomeone who is disabled has an illness, injury, or condition that tends to restrict the way that they can live their life, especially by making it difficult for them to move about.
• the practical problems encountered by disabled people in the workplace
Thesaurus for powerless from the Collins English Thesaurus