learning disability

noun

Definition of learning disability

: any of various conditions (such as dyslexia or dysgraphia) that interfere with an individual's ability to learn and so result in impaired functioning in language, reasoning, or academic skills (such as reading, writing, and mathematics) and that are thought to be caused by difficulties in processing and integrating information

called also learning difference

Other Words from learning disability

learning disabled adjective

Examples of learning disability in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, the Skyline resident and Army veteran fosters a young woman with a learning disability while also caring for her 88-year-old mother with advanced Alzheimer’s disease. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Aug. 2022 In an initial police statement, officials said that the boy had a learning disability and might misunderstand their search efforts as a game, per CNN. Abigail Adams, PEOPLE.com, 29 June 2022 His academic failings and learning disability added to that pervasive feeling of sadness at home. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 By his own account, Milliken struggled in school because of an undiagnosed learning disability. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 5 Feb. 2022 But Postelle's attorney, Robert Nance, argued that his client suffered from a learning disability, the abandonment of his mother at a young age and had begun abusing methamphetamine on a nearly daily basis beginning at age 12. CBS News, 18 Feb. 2022 But Postelle’s attorney, Robert Nance, argued that his client suffered from a learning disability, the abandonment of his mother at a young age and had begun abusing methamphetamine on a nearly daily basis beginning at age 12. Fox News, 17 Feb. 2022 But Postelle’s attorney, Robert Nance, argued that his client suffered from a learning disability, the abandonment of his mother at a young age and had begun abusing methamphetamine on a nearly daily basis beginning at age 12. NBC News, 17 Feb. 2022 Sam, who is dyslexic himself, is keen to offer his insight into the challenges of living and working with a learning disability, and the steps that companies can take to increase representation and inclusivity of neurodivergent employees. Stephen Frost, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of learning disability

1936, in the meaning defined above

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“Learning disability.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/learning%20disability. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for learning disability

learning disability

noun

Kids Definition of learning disability

: any of various conditions (as dyslexia) that make learning difficult

Other Words from learning disability

learning disabled adjective

learning disability

noun

Medical Definition of learning disability

: any of various disorders (as dyslexia or dysgraphia) that interfere with an individual's ability to learn resulting in impaired functioning in verbal language, reasoning, or academic skills (as reading, writing, and mathematics) and are thought to be caused by difficulties in processing and integrating information abbreviation LD

Other Words from learning disability

learning disabled adjective

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