feeble-mindedness

noun
fee·​ble-mind·​ed·​ness | \ ˌfē-bəl-ˈmīn-dəd-nəs How to pronounce feeble-mindedness (audio) \
variants: or feeblemindedness

Definition of feeble-mindedness

dated, offensive
: impairment in intellectual ability : intellectual disability

Note: The word feeble-mindedness, which is associated especially with eugenics practices of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is no longer used in medical, educational, and regulatory contexts and is considered offensive.

First Known Use of feeble-mindedness

1619, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of feeble-mindedness was in 1619

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“Feeble-mindedness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feeble-mindedness. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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