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imbecile

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noun im·be·cile \ˈim-bə-səl, -ˌsil\

Simple Definition of imbecile

  • : a very stupid person : an idiot or fool

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of imbecile

  1. 1 usually offensive :  a person affected with moderate mental retardation

  2. 2 :  fool, idiot

imbecile or imbecilic play \ˌim-bə-ˈsi-lik\ adjective

Examples of imbecile in a sentence

  1. He drank too much and started acting like a complete imbecile.

  2. <only an imbecile would leave their car unlocked, with the keys in the ignition, and then be surprised when the vehicle was stolen>



Origin of imbecile

French imbécile, noun, from adjective, weak, weak-minded, from Latin imbecillus


First Known Use: 1802


IMBECILE Defined for Kids

imbecile

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noun im·be·cile \ˈim-bə-səl\

Definition of imbecile for Students

  1. :  idiot, fool




Medical Dictionary

imbecile

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noun im·be·cile \ˈim-bə-səl, -ˌsil\

Medical Definition of imbecile

  1. dated now offensive :  a person affected with moderate mental retardation

imbecile or imbecilic \ˌim-bə-ˈsil-ik\play adjective, dated now offensive
imbecility \ˌim-bə-ˈsil-ət-ē\ noun plural imbecilities dated now offensive



Law Dictionary

imbecile

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noun im·be·cile \ˈim-bə-sil, -ˌsīl\

Legal Definition of imbecile

  1. :  an intellectually disabled person; especially :  a person with a severe intellectual disability —used formerly — see also idiot





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