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do·tage

(dō'tăj),
The deterioration of previously intact mental powers, common in old age.

dotage

(dō′tĭj)
n.
A deterioration of mental faculties associated with aging.

do·tage

(dō'tăj)
The deterioration of previously intact mental powers, common in old age.

dotage

(dōt′ij) [ME. doten, to be silly]
A pejorative term for cognitive impairment.
References in classic literature ?
I suppose the old gentleman was in his dotage, for he manifested in various ways the characteristics which mark this particular stage of life.
The insignificant testament, the last dotage of a decrepit grand art falling back into infancy before it dies.
He said this with such evident surprise that I was perplexed what answer to make, and the more so because coupled with something feeble and wandering in his manner, there were in his face marks of deep and anxious thought which convinced me that he could not be, as I had been at first inclined to suppose, in a state of dotage or imbecility.