powerless

[pou-er-lis]
adjective
1.
unable to produce an effect: a disease against which modern medicine is virtually powerless.
2.
lacking power to act; helpless: His legs crumpled, and he was powerless to rise.

Origin:
1545–55; power + -less

powerlessly, adverb
powerlessness, noun


1. ineffective. 2. feeble, impotent, prostrate, infirm.
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powerless (ˈpaʊəlɪs)
 
adj
without power or authority
 
'powerlessly
 
adv
 
'powerlessness
 
n

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Example sentences
The powerless twin was unable to reach a nearby airport and made a forced
  landing in the backyard of a private residence.
Flying bullets and shrapnel rendered firefighters powerless.
The government, with its meager resources, is virtually powerless to stop the
  looting.
It's the best real estate possible-waterfront, protected from hurricanes, and
  powerless air-conditioning.
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