imbecility


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imbecility

 [im″bĕ-sil´ĭ-te]
old term for intermediate forms of mental retardation, now considered offensive.

imbecility

An obsolete term for an IQ of 25–54.

imbecility

(ĭm″bĕ-sĭl′ĭ-tē)
Moderate to severe mental retardation.

imbecility

a state of mind in which an animal does feeble, weak, absurd things and does not respond to usual environmental stimuli. Usually congenital. See also hydranencephaly, encephalopathy.
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1: "The hypocrisy of this move is exceeded only by its imbecility.
The imbecility of letting Joe Public know for certain how untrustworthy many politicians can be.
Domenech said that he had told his men their action "was an aberration, an imbecility, a stupidity without name.
While many men find imbecility an enhancement to a woman's charms, the more reasonable desire only ignorance.
In parentheses, the cries of moderate Arab leaders to "defend the Aqsa" exhibit a level of hypocrisy and moral imbecility odious to the highest degree.
According to the survey, only 76% of the population of Kyrgyzstan use iodine treated salt, which means that approximately four out of five newborns have a risk of imbecility, thyrocele and other iodine deficiency disorders.
Please keep this kind of imbecility out of my country, and take it back to the gutters of Essex where it belongs.
In Oklahoma, the measure signed by governor "Alfalfa Bill" Murray in 1931 sought to sterilize all persons housed in facilities supported by public funds, including asylums and prisons, who were "afflicted with hereditary forms of insanity" as well as "idiocy, imbecility, feeblemindedness, or epilepsy.
Time laughed at the film's "cheery imbecility," but Variety praised its "aura of authenticity and special historical significance.
Jitterbug, BoogieWoogie, this is imbecility gone wild, with a corresponding howling which provides the so to speak music accompaniment.
The world would benefit "if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their crime" (298-299).
In the process, the states have demonstrated not the genius but the occasional imbecility of the federal system.