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Meaning of powerless

pow•er•less

Pronunciation: (pou'ur-lis), [key]
— adj.
  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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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