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Related to retarded: retardant, retarder, Down syndrome, mentally impaired
In the past, when a child had a mental condition that made learning difficult, people used to say that he or she was retarded, backward, simple, or educationally subnormal. Nowadays these words are avoided because they are thought to be offensive. The adjective mentally handicapped is sometimes used to describe children who have a mental condition of this kind. However, the most sensitive ways of referring to such children are to call them children with special needs or children with learning difficulties.
|Noun||1.||retarded - people collectively who are mentally retarded; "he started a school for the retarded"|
people - (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively; "old people"; "there were at least 200 people in the audience"
|Adj.||1.||retarded - relatively slow in mental or emotional or physical development; "providing a secure and sometimes happy life for the retarded"|
precocious - characterized by or characteristic of exceptionally early development or maturity (especially in mental aptitude); "a precocious child"; "a precocious achievement"