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The condition of being unable or unwilling to speak as a result of a physical or psychological disorder.
1. the state of being mute
2. (Psychiatry) psychiatry
a. a refusal to speak although the mechanism of speech is not damaged
b. the lack of development of speech, due usually to early deafness
mut•ism(ˈmyu tɪz əm)
an inability to speak, due to a physical defect, conscious refusal, or psychogenic inhibition.
Psychiatry. a conscious or unconscious refusal to make verbal responses to questions, present in some mental disorders.See also: Speech
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|Noun||1.||mutism - the condition of being unable or unwilling to speak; "her muteness was a consequence of her deafness"|
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"