autistic

adjective
au·​tis·​tic | \ ȯ-ˈti-stik How to pronounce autistic (audio) \

Definition of autistic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or marked by autism or autism spectrum disorder autistic behavior autistic children

autistic

noun

Definition of autistic (Entry 2 of 2)

: an individual affected with autism or autism spectrum disorder

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Other Words from autistic

Adjective

autistically \ ȯ-​ˈti-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce autistic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of autistic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Charles Asner is autistic, and had also been helped at the Chapel Haven school and independent living facility in New Haven. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 1 Sep. 2021 Breanna is autistic and competed in City Section track while at Dorsey. Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2021 Mem, 9, is the youngest of her three children, all of whom are autistic. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Aug. 2021 Their younger son, Troy, a bright and playful 8-year-old who is autistic, had become more easily agitated during the lockdown and often stomped and shouted. New York Times, 17 Aug. 2021 Police said before his entanglement with Steele, Konkle punched a game operator in the head while accusing him of making fun of an autistic child. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Aug. 2021 For Robinson-Peete and her family, taking vacations with an autistic child was a particularly challenging aspect of their journey, namely due to much of world’s lack of understanding of the autism community. Rachaell Davis, Essence, 21 Apr. 2021 Neither Halpern nor Variety apologized to the autistic community for those literally dehumanizing comments. Imani Barbarin, refinery29.com, 30 Aug. 2021 Birmingham police are searching for an autistic teenager that went missing Thursday and is in need of medication to control the condition. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, 15 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Thirty years later, the belief persists that autistics can reliably count a pile of toothpicks at a glance. Donna Levin, Smithsonian, 24 May 2017 Thirty years later, the belief persists that autistics can reliably count a pile of toothpicks at a glance. Donna Levin, Smithsonian, 24 May 2017

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First Known Use of autistic

Adjective

1942, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1965, in the meaning defined above

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23 Sep 2021

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“Autistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autistic. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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autistic

adjective
au·​tis·​tic | \ ȯ-ˈtis-tik How to pronounce autistic (audio) \

Medical Definition of autistic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or marked by autism or autism spectrum disorder autistic behavior autistic children

autistic

noun

Medical Definition of autistic (Entry 2 of 2)

: an individual affected with autism or autism spectrum disorder

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