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ἀμήχᾰνος, Dor. ἀμάχανος, ον, without means or resources, helpless, Od.19.363; πενία ἀ. B.1.61; πόριμον αὑτῷ τῇ πόλει δ' ἀ. Ar.Ra.1429; ἀ. καὶ ἄτεχνος Pl.Plt.274c; of animals, opp. εὐμήχανος, Arist.HA 614b34: hence,

2. incapable, awkward, ἀφραδέες καὶ ἀ. h.Ap. 192, cf. Theoc.1.85; τὸν ἀ. ὀρθοῦν A.Th.227; ἀ. γυνή E.Hipp.643; ἀ. εἴς τι awkward at thing, Id.Med.408. Adv., ἀμηχάνως ἔχειν, = ἀμηχανεῖν, A.Ch.407, E., etc.

3. c. inf., at a loss how to do, unable to do, τὸ δὲ βίᾳ πολιτῶν δρᾶν ἔφυν ἀ. S.Ant.79; -ώτατος ὅ τι χρὴ λέγειν πορίσασθαι [D.]60.12, etc.

II. more freq. in pass. sense, allowing of no means:

1. impracticable, unmanageable, c. inf., ἀμήχανός ἐσσι πιθέσθαι Il.13.726.

b. of things, hard, impossible, τοῦτό μ' ἄνωγας ἀμήχανον ἄλλο τελέσσαι ib. 14.262; τοῦτο δ' ἀ. εὑρεῖν Pi.O.7.25, cf. Hdt.1.48; ὁδὸς ἀ. εἰσελθεῖν road hard or impossible to enter on, X.An.1.2.21; ἀ. ἐστὶ γενέσθαι Emp.12, cf. Hdt. 1.48,204, S.Ant.175, etc.: abs., ἀμήχανα impossibilities, ἀμηχάνων ἐρᾶν ib.90, cf. 92; δεινὸς ..εὑρεῖν κἀξ ἀ. πόρον A.Pr.59, cf. Ar.Eq.759: Sup., Them. in Ph.91.12.

2. against whom or which nothing can be done, irresistible, freq. in Hom. of Zeus, Hera, Achilles; ἀ. ἐσσι, ἀ. ἔπλευ, Il.10.167, 16.29; Ἔρος ..ἀ. ὄρπετον Sapph.40.

b. of things, ἀ. ἔργα mischief without help or remedy, Il.8.130; δόλος Hes.Th. 589; κήδεα Archil.66; δύαι A.Eu.561 (lyr.); ἄλγος, νόσοι, S.El.140 (lyr.), Ant.363 (lyr.); συμφορά Simon.5.11, cf. E.Med.392; κακόν ib.447: Comp. -ωτέρα, ἀγλαί̈α Them.Or.4.51c.

c. esp. of dreams, inexplicable, not to be interpreted, Od.19.560.

3. extraordinary, enormous, ποταμῶν ἀ. μεγέθη Pl.Phd.111d;ἡδοναί Id.Phlb.46e; ἀμή χανον εὐδαιμονίας an inconceivable amount of happiness, Id.Ap.41c: freq.c.acc., ἀ. τὸ μέγεθος, τὸ κάλλος, τὸ πλῆθος, etc., i.e. inconceivable in point of size, etc., Id.R.584b, 615a, X.Cyr.7.5.38: c. dat., ἀ. πλήθει τε καὶ ἀτοπία Pl.Phdr.229d (nisi leg. ἀμηχάνων πλήθη τε καὶ ἀτοπίαι, where ἀ. = monsters): abs., infinitely great, δύναμις Plot.5.3.16.

b. freq. in Pl. with οἷος, ὅσος, ἀμήχανον ὅσον χρόνον Phd 95c; ἀμηχάνῳ ὅσῳ πλέονι by it is impossible to say how much more, R.588a; ἀμή χανόν τι οἷον Chrm.155d. Adv., ἀμηχάνως ὡς εὖ R.527e; ἀ. γε ὡς σφόδρα Phdr.263d.