autistic savant

noun

Definition of autistic savant

: a person affected with autism who exhibits exceptional skill or brilliance in some limited field (such as mathematics or music) She is not just autistic but an autistic savant, meaning that she has unusual cognitive abilities, such as a photographic memory and excellent spatial skills.— Kat McGowan

Examples of autistic savant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dustin Hoffman won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Raymond Babbitt, an autistic savant brought on a cross country road trip during his brother’s bid to grab a piece of their father’s fortune. cleveland, 11 June 2022 Charlie is a selfish schemer who only finds out about Raymond, after his estranged father dies and leaves all of his fortune, except the Roadmaster, to Raymond, an autistic savant. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 18 Jan. 2022 The Good Doctor, ABC’s medical drama about an autistic savant who works as a surgical resident, premiered that September and became an instant hit. Sarah Kurchak, Time, 16 July 2021 But Kayla Cromer and Maeve Press are just as charming as the sisters — one of whom is a high-functioning autistic savant, and the other of whom is a misfit teen struggling to fit in with her classmates. Noel Murray, New York Times, 9 Feb. 2020 Denzel Washington is wonderfully cast against type as the title character, an autistic savant with a radical streak. Chris Ball, cleveland.com, 16 Feb. 2018 Alexander is what’s know as an autistic savant, with perfect pitch, a near-photographic memory for music and a surprising facility with the saxophone and piano. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, 26 Jan. 2018 Autism lit is not without controversy: Many readers object to the prevalence of the autistic savant. Donna Levin, Smithsonian, 24 May 2017 See More

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1978, in the meaning defined above

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“Autistic savant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autistic%20savant. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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autistic savant

noun

Medical Definition of autistic savant

: a person affected with autism who exhibits exceptional skill or brilliance in some limited field (such as mathematics or music) She is not just autistic but an autistic savant, meaning that she has unusual cognitive abilities, such as a photographic memory and excellent spatial skills.— Kat McGowan, Discover Only rarely does an autistic savant come along who can memorize a phone book in 10 minutes or measure the exact height of a building by glancing at it.— Geoffrey Cowley, Newsweek

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