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Helpless vs. Hapless — What's the Difference?

Helpless vs. Hapless — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Helpless and Hapless

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Helpless

Unable to defend oneself or to act without help
The cubs are born blind and helpless
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Hapless

(especially of a person) unfortunate
The hapless victims of the disaster
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Helpless

Unable to help oneself; powerless or incompetent.
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Hapless

Luckless; unfortunate.
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Helpless

Lacking support or protection
They were left helpless in the storm.
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Hapless

(Especially of a person) unfortunate.
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Helpless

Impossible to control; involuntary
Helpless laughter.
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Hapless

Very unlucky; ill-fated.
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Helpless

Unable to defend oneself.
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Hapless

(Very) miserable, wretched, unhappy, measly, forlorn.
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Helpless

Lacking help; powerless.
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Hapless

Devoid of talent or skill.
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Helpless

Unable to act without help; needing help; feeble.
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Hapless

Without hap or luck; luckless; unfortunate; unlucky; unhappy; as, hapless youth; hapless maid.
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Helpless

Uncontrollable.
A helpless urge
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Hapless

Deserving or inciting pity;
A hapless victim
Miserable victims of war
The shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic
Piteous appeals for help
Pitiable homeless children
A pitiful fate
Oh, you poor thing
His poor distorted limbs
A wretched life
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Helpless

(obsolete) From which there is no possibility of being saved.
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Helpless

Destitute of help or strength; unable to help or defend one's self; needing help; feeble; weak; as, a helpless infant.
How shall I then your helpless fame defend?
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Helpless

Beyond help; irremediable.
Some helpless disagreement or dislike, either of mind or body.
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Helpless

Bringing no help; unaiding.
Yet since the gods have beenHelpless foreseers of my plagues.
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Helpless

Unsupplied; destitute; - with of.
Helpless of all that human wants require.
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Helpless

Lacking in or deprived of strength or power;
Lying ill and helpless
Helpless with laughter
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Helpless

Unable to function; without help
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Helpless

Unable to manage independently;
As helpless as a baby
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