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mental deficiency

n
(Psychiatry) psychiatry a less common term for mental retardation

men`tal defi′ciency


n.
(no longer in technical use) mental retardation.
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Noun1.mental deficiency - mild mental retardation
backwardness, mental retardation, subnormality, slowness, retardation - lack of normal development of intellectual capacities
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Rayford simply cannot show that he was prejudiced because his trial counsel failed to present evidence that his mental deficiencies were of a different origin," wrote Texas Assistant Attorney General Jay Clendenin.
While the Left remains unrelenting in its "Resistance" of all things Trump, especially his supposed mental deficiencies, what really deserves a rigorous public debate is the issue of politicians' failure to disclose to voters any physical or mental impairment that may affect their ability to perform the job they are paid to do in representing us.
Malnutrition in the first two years of a child's life leads to physical and mental deficiencies that are permanent and irreversible, according to numerous health studies.
Since my stroke last year, my shooting has been fairly limited, both because of fatigue and concern about whether there might be unrecognized mental deficiencies in either the mechanics of shooting or ability to distinguish friend vs.