autistic

adjective
au·​tis·​tic | \ ȯ-ˈti-stik How to pronounce autistic (audio) \

Definition of autistic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or marked by autism or autism spectrum disorder autistic behavior autistic children

autistic

noun

Definition of autistic (Entry 2 of 2)

: an individual affected with autism or autism spectrum disorder

Other Words from autistic

Adjective

autistically \ ȯ-​ˈti-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce autistic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of autistic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Tribeca Film Festival, which was co-founded by the actor Robert De Niro, who has an autistic son; De Niro then pulled the film after an uproar. New York Times, 25 May 2022 Éric, a penniless man who lives in his car, rejects his 10-year-old autistic son Esteban, who is living in the care of his uncle. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 2 May 2022 After her autistic son (Nik Sanchez) witnesses and records a burglary and murder in the house across the street, both mother and son are terrorized by the criminals (Mackenzie Astin, Drea de Matteo). Los Angeles Times, 15 Jan. 2022 Michelle Back worked throughout the pandemic at a pharmacy for Kaiser Permanente in California and often left her young, autistic son at home. Jesse Newman, WSJ, 18 Oct. 2021 For more than 20 years, Resnik — a prominent Valley business owner and mother to an autistic son — has pushed for a residential complex that would address both those hopes and fears. AZCentral.com, 8 Aug. 2021 Beyond all the accomplishments, Rogers was a man with a tremendous heart, said Bellarmine basketball coach Patrick Schneider, whose autistic son Michael would sometimes swim at the school pool. Mitch Stephens, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 June 2021 The book’s title came from reporting in The New York Times about Jonathan Carey, an autistic boy who was killed by an employee of the Oswald D. Heck Developmental Center, near Albany, where Jonathan was living. New York Times, 12 May 2022 On Wednesday night, during the Leadership Debate, our Prime Minister Scott Morrison was asked by a parent of an autistic boy what the future of the NDIS looks like under a Liberal party government. Carly Findlay, refinery29.com, 21 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Thirty years later, the belief persists that autistics can reliably count a pile of toothpicks at a glance. Donna Levin, Smithsonian, 24 May 2017 Thirty years later, the belief persists that autistics can reliably count a pile of toothpicks at a glance. Donna Levin, Smithsonian, 24 May 2017 See More

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First Known Use of autistic

Adjective

1942, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1965, in the meaning defined above

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“Autistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autistic. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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autistic

adjective
au·​tis·​tic | \ ȯ-ˈtis-tik How to pronounce autistic (audio) \

Medical Definition of autistic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or marked by autism or autism spectrum disorder autistic behavior autistic children

autistic

noun

Medical Definition of autistic (Entry 2 of 2)

: an individual affected with autism or autism spectrum disorder

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