autistic

adjective
au·​tis·​tic | \ȯ-ˈti-stik \

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

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Other Words from autistic

Adjective

autistically \ ȯ-​ˈti-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Harry Horgan Beauregard had been fine-tuning the vessel for two years with a select group of Shake-A-Leg's campers, many of whom are autistic. Rebecca Ellis, miamiherald, "Shake-A-Leg's fleet mysteriously vandalized in the dead of night," 5 July 2018 An autistic 16-year-old Georgia girl who may have run off with an older man has been found safe in New York City, WGCL-TV reported Friday. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Autistic Georgia girl, 16, who may have runaway with older man found safe, report says," 30 June 2018 Public awareness in France is surprisingly low, with some parents telling their children to avoid autistic peers. Sylvie Corbet, BostonGlobe.com, "France makes effort to catch up on autism care," 5 Apr. 2018 An Amesbury police officer charged with hitting his 14-year-old autistic son was ordered Tuesday to stay away from his children, according to the Essex district attorney’s office. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "Amesbury officer charged with striking his 14-year-old autistic son," 27 June 2018 Thompson said her autistic child was not fully aware of what was happening during the police questioning. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "A D.C. school had a lockdown. This is the conversation that prompted it.," 16 June 2018 Related stories from Fort Worth Star Telegram Graham police used stun gun on autistic teen. Nichole Manna, star-telegram, "Graham police release video of officers using stun gun on teen with autism," 12 July 2018 That’s much less than the 96 percent of their non-autistic peers who received the vaccines. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Parents of an autistic child are less likely to vaccinate any of their kids, study finds | Miami Herald," 27 Mar. 2018 There are also anecdotes from his life, including a harrowing one about the shooting of one of his sons, and an uplifting one about performing for autistic children in Japan. Milford Graves, New York Times, "Review: ‘Milford Graves Full Mantis’ Delivers a Lot of Heart," 12 July 2018

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, "Why Your Next Favorite Fictional Protagonist Might Be on the Autism Spectrum," 24 May 2017 Thirty years later, the belief persists that autistics can reliably count a pile of toothpicks at a glance. Donna Levin, Smithsonian, "Why Your Next Favorite Fictional Protagonist Might Be on the Autism Spectrum," 24 May 2017

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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

adjective
au·​tis·​tic | \ȯ-ˈtis-tik \

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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