senility

noun
se·​nil·​i·​ty | \ si-ˈni-lə-tē How to pronounce senility (audio) also se- \

Definition of senility

: the quality or state of being senile : the physical and mental decline associated with old age especially : the deterioration of cognitive functioning associated with old age

Examples of senility in a Sentence

with his increasing senility, Granddad is beginning to have more and more senior moments
Recent Examples on the Web Heart failure, cardiac arrest and senility are all garbage codes. USA Today, 22 Dec. 2021 The age question isn’t just an issue of senility, but also representation. Max Ufberg, Fortune, 4 Nov. 2021 That excludes people with certain conditions, like intellectual disabilities or senility. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Sep. 2021 She’s been taken in by Mrs. Keyes (Mckenna Grace) a very young Wife who rules the roost at this farmhouse now that her husband has devolved into senility. Erik Kain, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 Former President Donald Trump, only three years younger than Biden and also subject to similar claims of senility by opponents, used his challenger’s health as an attack line on the campaign trail. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, 3 Apr. 2021 Trump has repeatedly flipped the conversation about mental deterioration onto his opponent, who many have claimed also shows signs of senility. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, 26 Oct. 2020 Viewers got to see Crowder, decked out in a red, white, and blue boxing outfit, joke with Cruz about Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s supposed senility, often after watching pre-roll ads. Mark Bergen, Bloomberg.com, 12 Oct. 2020 Most strikingly, Biden, like Reagan, needs to dispel the notion — propounded relentlessly by Trump and his supporters — that at 77, the former vice president has descended into senility. Doyle Mcmanus Los Angeles Times (tns), Star Tribune, 29 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of senility

1791, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of senility was in 1791

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“Senility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/senility. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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senility

noun
se·​nil·​i·​ty | \ si-ˈnil-ət-ē also se- \
plural senilities

Medical Definition of senility

: the quality or state of being senile : the physical and mental decline associated with old age especially : the deterioration of cognitive functioning associated with old age

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