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

Word History

First Known Use

1619, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of feeble-mindedness was in 1619

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Cite this Entry

“Feeble-mindedness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feeble-mindedness. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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