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

Oliver's wife also testified, saying in Spanish that she was concerned about their 3-year-old son, who is autistic, and the boy's future without his father at home. Ryan Tarinelli, Fox News, "Mom: Ex-Texas officer convicted of murder is a devoted dad," 30 Aug. 2018 The mother of an autistic child, she is forced to skip two days of work every week because of the flights. Danica Coto, The Seattle Times, "A year after Maria, Puerto Rican kidney patients fear death," 18 Sep. 2018 Eighty-nine people were asked to communicate with a Nao robot, an adorable companion bot which are used in marketing, classrooms, and even working to help autistic children develop social skills. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Robots Can Be Pretty Convincing When They Ask You Not to Shut Them Down," 3 Aug. 2018 Rory, a young boy on the autistic spectrum, is bullied by his classmates in an early scene, much like an overweight Monster Squad member is in Black’s 1987 film. Keith Phipps, The Verge, "With Predator in theaters, it’s the perfect time to revisit The Monster Squad," 14 Sep. 2018 But before that, Ash Holbrook, a young autistic woman from Sherman, Texas, shed tears. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Emotional support pigeon goes on the lam in Oklahoma wearing pink diaper," 26 June 2018 Others worry about their children becoming autistic, though federal health officials say there's no link. Lynne Terry, OregonLive.com, "Low vaccination rates put some Oregon schools at high risk for measles," 11 Feb. 2018 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

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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