feebleminded


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Adj.1.feebleminded - retarded in intellectual development
archaicism, archaism - the use of an archaic expression
retarded - relatively slow in mental or emotional or physical development; "providing a secure and sometimes happy life for the retarded"
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The learned professor assumes that while a long-continued war had strengthened rather than weakened the instinct of paternal devotion, it had also dulled other humanitarian instincts, and raised to the first magnitude the law of the survival of the fittest, with the result that when the exodus took place the strong, the intelligent, and the cunning, together with their offspring, crossed the waters of the Channel or the North Sea to the continent, leaving in unhappy England only the helpless inmates of asylums for the feebleminded and insane.
The law applied only to the "feebleminded." California and Washington jumped on board in 1909.
The Model Eugenical Sterilization Law (1914) was the blueprint for the sterilization of the "socially inadequate," including the feebleminded, insane, criminalistic, epileptic, inebriate, diseased, blind, deaf, deformed, dependent, orphans, ne'er-do-wells, tramps, the homeless, and paupers.
Epileptics and Feebleminded and a collection of essays forthcoming from
Often this is the cretinous behaviour of a feebleminded one-off.
"Anyone who would do that and then expect the staff to treat them like royalty must be truly feebleminded. Don't come back."
Every Tory insult drove Scots into the arms of Queen Nicola and persuaded a few feebleminded English voters to have doubts about Labour if Miliband might need SNP support in Parliament.
"It is feebleminded. Perhaps it was born defective, or perhaps it has become imbecile through fear, malnutrition and neglect.''
It is a slur to claim the feebleminded, junk-food-scoffing poor are causing the obesity crisis.
To prevent the "feebleminded" from reproducing, American eugenicists urged the court to implement compulsory sterilization laws, which became reality for thirty-two American states between 1907 and the 1930's.
It implies that Miliband is in some way deformed or inadequate, which he is not, and suggests to the many politically feebleminded that he is unt to lead.
He earned his eighth best-actor nomination for 2006's Venus, in which he played a lecherous old actor consigned to roles as feebleminded royals or aged men on their death beds.