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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 book's organization is chronological; early chapters focus on institutionalization, the development of the state's sterilization law, and the definition and construction of "feeble-minded" persons.
SIR - I have noticed with disgust the work of some feeble-minded person who seems to take a delight in chalking walls with the names of individuals and classifying them as "Army dodgers", "cowards", etc.
they can certainly give you a good nip, but only a feeble-minded person would think they like meat.
This new generation, led by educator and charity worker Mary Dendy and physician Alfred Tredgold, sought instead permanent confinement, arguing that the hereditary nature of mental defect made it imperative that idiots, imbeciles, and the merely feeble-minded (a sliding scale of disability) be barred from producing families of their own.
Reform schools used intelligence tests to segregate populations, shuttling the feebleminded minority inmates off to the Sonoma State Home for the Feeble-minded for sterilization.
One of the most thought-provoking aspects of Joe's character is that his intellect is probably sound; only Alvin's interference over the years has kept Joe seemingly feeble-minded. By way of imaginary conversations with a reverse-aging Alvin, who apparently represents Joe's subconscious, Joe pieces together what has happened to his twin, even as he falls in love with Alvin's ex-girlfriend, Julia, and takes his first job as a pool boy in her family's hotel.
Poor Liz must've been horrified until she realized what her feeble-minded Dad had done.
People who the Nazis identified as "life unworthy of life" - Lebensunwertes Leben - included the criminal, degenerate, dissident, feeble-minded, homosexual, idle, insane and the weak.
A few days after the ceremony, about equal prominence was given to the opening of a home and horticultural school in Knotty Ash for "feeble-minded girls".
But only a feeble-minded idiot like yourself could imagine such incoherent messages such as "I'm living la vida loca" and "My hips don't lie" to actually be pop-culture offerings of smitten love birds with IQ deficiency.
I appreciate DeFazio's pluck, but Humphrey's theorem must extend to the feeble-minded, which includes those who believe they can prevent a personal health tragedy by refusing to participate in its prevention.
In the 1920s Margaret Sanger in New York, who founded Planned Parenthood, said, "The least fit to carry on the race are increasing it most rapidly." In the United Kingdom, Marie Stopes said that she would "legislate compulsory sterilization of the insane, feeble-minded, revolutionary, and half castes." In the 1950s, a movement known as 'Trans-humanism' supported the use of science and technology to improve mental and physical capacities.