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

Rome is noisy and unpredictable, which could be stressful for an autistic child (and, of course, his father). Will Hawkes, Houston Chronicle, "He promised his son Rome — would it deliver?," 14 June 2019 Now a mom is saying it's helped her mostly nonverbal autistic son find his voice. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Mom says 'Old Town Road' got her nonverbal son singing," 11 June 2019 Documentary by Robert Rooy about a nontalking autistic man abandoned by his birth parents and remained uneducated until his adoptive parents helped him pursue an education. 7 p.m. Friday. Mark Rapp, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Silver Screen listings for Feb. 16-22: "Rocky Mountain Express" at Great Lakes Science Center's Cleveland Clinic Dome Theater & More," 15 Feb. 2018 In a July incident that sparked national outrage, a North Miami police officer fired on a severely autistic man who sat in the middle of the road. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Autistic boy's drowning is now a lesson for Louisville-area first responders," 5 Jan. 2018 Vasquez, whose 25-year-old son is moderately autistic, was dismayed to learn Sunday that a young man with a cognitive disability was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer in a Costco in Corona, half an hour from her home. Laura Newberry, latimes.com, "Costco shooting is worst nightmare for families of developmentally disabled children," 21 June 2019 Shane’s mother has held awareness workshops on campus to help students understand how to connect with autistic teenagers. Julia Prodis Sulek, The Mercury News, "Autistic teenager at San Jose’s Leigh High School embraced, lauded at graduation," 6 June 2019 And soon, dozens of facilitators across the country began claiming their autistic or intellectually disabled students were detailing abuse. David Ovalle And Kyra Gurney, miamiherald, "How a teacher’s ‘junk science’ landed a dad in jail on charge of raping his autistic son | Miami Herald," 8 Mar. 2018 Parents of autistic kids would cut the scratchy tags out of their children’s t-shirts. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Designing “Adaptive Clothing” For Those With Special Needs," 8 May 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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The first known use of autistic was in 1942

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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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