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helpless: affording no help, unavailing, unprofitable Err. II. i. 39 “urging patience,” R3 I. ii. 13 “the balm of my poor eyes,” Ven. 604, Lucr. 1027, 1056 “Poor help.” ∥ In Lucr. 756* either this sense or ‘that cannot be helped, irremediable’, as in Spenser's ‘helpless hap’, helpless harms'.
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    • William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, 2.1
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