neurodiverse

adjective
neu·​ro·​di·​verse | \ ˌnu̇r-ō-dī-ˈvərs How to pronounce neurodiverse (audio) , -də-ˈvərs, -ˈdī-ˌvərs, ˌnyu̇r- \

Definition of neurodiverse

: having, relating to, or constituting a type of brain functioning that is not neurotypical … a way to help neurodiverse individuals adapt to a conventional environment.— Thomas Armstrong Those [loud] decibel levels can be pretty overwhelming for children who have autism or other neurodiverse conditions.— Mike Gorrell

Note: The term neurodiverse is related to the concept of neurodiversity, which proposes that variation in brain functioning within the human population is normal and that brain functioning that is not neurotypical should not be stigmatized.

First Known Use of neurodiverse

2002, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neurodiverse

neuro- + diverse, after neurodiversity

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“Neurodiverse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neurodiverse. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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