: the condition of being unable to speak whether from physical, functional, or psychological cause
Examples of mutism in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebIronically, mutism is only a trait while held in captivity; in the wild, the birds can be quite vocal.
Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 13 Jan. 2022 Federico Atehortúa Arteaga’s essay film connects the 1906 execution of four men charged with attempting to kill the president of Colombia, his mother’s mutism and the origins of Colombian cinema.
Peter Libbey, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2020 After all, severe autism repels language, turns it chaotic or, in the case of autistic mutism, simply absorbs it wholesale, as a black hole does light.
Eli Gottlieb, chicagotribune.com, 30 May 2017
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