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[pou-er-lis] /ˈpaʊ ər lɪs/

unable to produce an effect:
a disease against which modern medicine is virtually powerless.
lacking to act; helpless:
His legs crumpled, and he was powerless to rise.
without power or authority

early 15c., “lacking might or fortitude,” from power (n.) + -less. Related: Powerlessly; powerlessness.


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