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

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Other Words from autistic

Adjective

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

Examples of autistic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Marble in 2009 was appointed by President Obama to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, becoming Obama’s first openly autistic staff member. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘It’s almost like there’s this monster inside of you’," 19 June 2020 Iyad al-Hallak was a 32-year-old autistic Palestinian man who was fatally shot by border police on May 30 near the Lion’s Gate entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City. Washington Post, "A gallery of pain and protest," 10 June 2020 Zhuang Ju, a therapist who works with autistic children in Beijing, is an exception. The Economist, "Chaguan For people in China, adopting Chinese children is getting easier," 6 June 2020 Deputies were called to a residence in the 7800 block of Birchwood Court around 7 p.m. for the report of a missing autistic child, the sheriff’s office says. Cincinnati.com, "Five-year-old boy reported missing in Deerfield Township found in retention pond," 6 June 2020 In another expression of solidarity with American protesters, about 150 people marched through central Jerusalem on Saturday to protest the shooting death by Israeli police of an unarmed, autistic Palestinian man earlier in the day. Danica Kirka, The Christian Science Monitor, "'I can't breathe' protests go global," 31 May 2020 In another expression of solidarity with American protesters, about 150 people marched through central Jerusalem on Saturday to protest the shooting death by Israeli police of an unarmed, autistic Palestinian man earlier in the day. Danica Kirka, Anchorage Daily News, "World alarmed by violence in US; thousands march in London," 31 May 2020 Aubrey Bellia has watched her son, who is autistic, regress while away from Cartwright's developmental preschool program. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Two metro Phoenix school districts are moving to four-day weeks. How will working parents cope?," 10 June 2020 Halak, who was autistic, was reportedly on his way to a Jerusalem school for students with special needs. Joseph Hincks, Time, "In Solidarity and as a Symbol of Global Injustices, a Syrian Artist Painted a Mural to George Floyd on a Bombed Idlib Building," 6 June 2020 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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The first known use of autistic was in 1942

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30 Jun 2020

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“Autistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autistic. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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