(adj.) = powerless ; helpless ; impotent. Ex: In a world divided by ideology, by trade barriers, by military threats and nuclear fears, we librarians are not powerless. Ex: In imposing penalties for book stealing libraries are particularly helpless. Ex: They seem to regard literature as a secondary experience, more akin to being a peeping Tom, an impotent voyeur, rather than being one of the healthy, active people who get on with real living.