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 authors propose that self-destructive acts are responses of individuals to
  frustrating political powerlessness.
The chief minister blithely claimed ignorance or powerlessness.
There is a certain sense of powerlessness that has crept into how people think
  about politics.
The rest of us felt the powerlessness of resignation.
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