intellectual disability

noun

Definition of intellectual disability

  1. :  significant impairment in intellectual ability accompanied by deficits in skills necessary for independent daily functioning :  mental retardation

First Known Use of intellectual disability

1809


Medical Dictionary

intellectual disability

noun

Medical Definition of intellectual disability

  1. :  significant impairment in cognitive functioning (as in learning, reasoning, or problem solving) accompanied by deficits in skills (such as communication and self-care) necessary for independent daily functioning :  mental retardation … Rosa's Law, which changed references in federal law from “mental retardation” to “intellectual disability” and references to a mentally retarded individual to an individual with an intellectual disability.—Victor R. Martinez, The El Paso (Texas) Times, 23 Jan. 2012 With Medicaid waivers, some adults with retardation or, if you prefer, intellectual disabilities, can do what adults do, move out of their parents' homes—and into group homes.—The Daily Press (Newport News, Virginia), 27 Jan. 2008


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