a. Having no hope; despairing: lost hikers who felt hopeless.
b. Characterized by despair: hopeless resignation.
a. Having no possibility of being solved or dealt with; impossible: a hopeless problem; a hopeless disease.
b. Having no hope or chance of changing or improving: a hopeless romantic; a hopeless procrastinator.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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