retarded

adjective
re·​tard·​ed | \ ri-ˈtär-dəd How to pronounce retarded (audio) \

Definition of retarded

1 informal + usually offensive : very stupid or foolish
2 dated, now usually offensive : slow or limited in intellectual or emotional development : characterized by intellectual disability

First Known Use of retarded

1895, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of retarded was in 1895

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“Retarded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retarded. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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retarded

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of retarded

old-fashioned + often offensive : slow or limited in mental development

retarded

adjective
re·​tard·​ed | \ ri-ˈtärd-əd How to pronounce retarded (audio) \

Medical Definition of retarded

dated, now usually offensive
: slow or limited in intellectual or emotional development : characterized by intellectual disability

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