helplessly vs impotently what difference

what is difference between helplessly and impotently

English

Etymology

helpless +‎ -ly

Pronunciation

  • enPR: hĕlpʹləs-lē, IPA(key): /ˈhɛlpləsli/

Adverb

helplessly (comparative more helplessly, superlative most helplessly)

  1. Without protection or assistance.
    The fish flopped helplessly in the tiny remaining pool.
  2. Without the ability to help oneself.
    The boy rolled on the floor laughing helplessly.
  3. Without the ability to react actively.
    The spectators gaped helplessly as the balloon approached the power lines.

Translations



English

Etymology

impotent +‎ -ly

Adverb

impotently (comparative more impotently, superlative most impotently)

  1. In an impotent manner.

References

  • impotently in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • impotently in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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