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imbecile

 [im´bĕ-sil]
old term for a person with an intermediate grade of mental retardation, now considered offensive.

im·be·cile

(im'bĕ-sil),
An obsolete term for a subclass of mental retardation or an individual classified therein.
[L. imbecillus, weak, silly]

imbecile

(ĭm′bə-sĭl, -səl)
n.
1. A person who is considered foolish or stupid.
2. A person with moderate to severe intellectual disability having a mental age of from three to seven years and generally being capable of some degree of communication and performance of simple tasks under supervision. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.

im′be·cil′ic (-sĭl′ĭk) adv.

imbecile

Neurology
An obsolete term for a person with an intellectual disability above that of an idiot, which is now subdivided into either moderate (IQ 35–49) or severe (IQ 20–34) mental retardation.
 
Vox populi
A derogatory term used indiscriminately for an obtuse person, regardless of that person’s tested IQ.

imbecile

An obsolete term for a mentally retarded person or, nowadays, a person with severe learning difficulty.

imbecile

an animal in a continuous state of imbecility.
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THE furore surrounding the publication of a leaflet, financed by Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming, drawing a parallel between Birmingham's mayoral election and the fight against Adolf Hitler is all hot air and mock indignation (Mail, March 12) and the best way to deal with such imbecilic nonsense is to ignore it.
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Second - notice I did not use the popular but unnecessary `second of all' - anyone using the imbecilic phrase, `sooner rather than later,' will be locked up in a pillory in public view and made to recite from memory lengthy passages from the Congressional Record.
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