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feeble-minded

(fē′bəl-mīn′dĭd)
adj.
1. Deficient in intelligence. No longer in scientific use.
2. Exhibiting a marked lack of intelligent consideration and forethought: a feeble-minded plan doomed to failure.

fee′ble-mind′ed·ly adv.
fee′ble-mind′ed·ness n.
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The majority of witnesses who testified before the 1907 Parliamentary Committee on the Care and Control of the Feeble-Minded agreed not just that the problem of mental deficiency was passed down through the generations but that it was on the rise.
4 billion by freezing the total public sector pay (Mail, September 16) may not sit well with this feeble-minded Labour government.
She gives birth in the same year that the Virginia legislature passed a law that calls for sterilization of people who are so-called socially inadequate, which includes people who are in institutions like the Virginia Colony for the Epileptic and the Feeble-Minded.
Often very young people were singled out for being feeble-minded or promiscuous, suffering from diseases like epilepsy, or just being poor and from a large family.
If the feeble-minded could be eliminated from among the blind, we could all show far brighter results.
How was this feeble-minded female to know - besides, who was I to spoil his day as king of his very own dump?
And in this closed-off room, there is a neglected, abandoned, feeble-minded, starved child whom all must agree to leave so.
During the hearings at the Osaka High Court, Nishikawa pleaded guilty to killing Masaki but claimed he should not be criminally liable because he had drunken a large quantity of alcohol, which made him feeble-minded, while he maintained was not guilty of the three other murders.
In Measuring minds, Goddard comes across as a kindly person with paternalistic if pessimistic instincts towards the feeble-minded, who bravely changed his mind about the fundamentally hereditarian nature of intelligence, the ineducability of the feeble-minded and the need for segregation, once scientific opinion turned against his theories.
The policies also reflect age-old characterizations of immigrants as lazy, criminal, feeble-minded, unclean and immoral Thus, these policies have arisen in the 1990s as a result of, as well as an expression of, the treatment of immigrants as scapegoats for society's ills.
These notes, where not referential, would have lightened a text that is certainly not for the feeble-minded.