intellectual disability

noun
|Updated on: 29 Jul 2018

Definition of intellectual disability

: significant impairment in intellectual ability accompanied by deficits in skills 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

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First Known Use of intellectual disability

1809

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intellectual disability

noun

medical Definition of intellectual disability

: 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. MartinezThe El Paso (Texas) Times23 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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