mental retardation

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mental retardation

n. Often Offensive
Intellectual disability.

mental retardation

n
(Psychiatry) psychiatry the condition of having a low intelligence quotient (below 70)

men′tal retarda′tion


n.
a developmental disorder characterized in varying degrees by a subnormal ability to learn, a substantially low IQ, and impaired social adjustment.
[1900–15]

mental retardation

Below-average intellectual ability resulting from genetic defect, brain injury, or disease, and usually present from birth or early infancy.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mental retardation - lack of normal development of intellectual capacities
stupidity - a poor ability to understand or to profit from experience
mental defectiveness, abnormality - retardation sufficient to fall outside the normal range of intelligence
mental deficiency, moronity - mild mental retardation
amentia, idiocy - extreme mental retardation
imbecility - retardation more severe than a moron but not as severe as an idiot
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In his speech before lawmakers, Gutoc cited the military's abuses on a certain mental retard, whose hands were allegedly scalded to force him to admit he was a member of the Maute, and another Maranao who was blindfolded and forced by the military to dig his own grave.
People who were caring for him in the nursing home would derisively call him an MR, which was short for mental retard.
They even asked me to take her for a minor mental retard test, although they know that her IQ is excellent," she said.

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