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A mildly pejorative term, which is decreasing in use, for someone who has mental retardation.
[L. retardo, to delay, hinder]


(rĭ-tär′dāt′, -dĭt)
n. Offensive
A person with an intellectual disability.


(rĭ-tăr′dāt) [L. retardare, to delay]
One who is mentally retarded.

Patient discussion about retardate

Q. This makes me to think how babies come out retarded and what the causes of retardation in babies are. My heart some time trembles when I see some parents dedicating their whole life for their retarded babies whom they gave birth after few years of their marriage. This makes me to think how babies come out retarded and what the causes of retardation in babies are. Is it not in our hands?

A. Hi there,

My opinion is that we are all perfect - just the way we are regardless of whether we are well or ill, beautiful or ugly, nice or mean. There is a perfect balance in the Universe – we cannot have positive without the negative – to think otherwise is to be ignorant. There is no a curse without a blessing nor a blessing without a curse. We are all part of the divine matrix – a matrix of love (as Dr Demartini likes to call it). The reason we don’t see any of this is only because we don’t look.

Please think about your question – whatever answer I could give – it would never satisfy you and it would not change what is.

My personal view is that we don't choose our babies – our babies choose us. There is a reason why 'your baby' wanted you to be her/his parent. Your baby may have ‘felt’ that you would be the perfect parents to shower them with love, affection and patience – everything that a child with autisms requires. Or perhaps, it is something that you (your so

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Besides they claimed that in the absence of a medical expert on her mental condition, Helena cannot be considered a mental retardate. The denied also that there was no force and intimidation in the sexual acts between them and Helena.
(the legislature expressed that a purpose of Article 17A was to "provide for [a] lifetime guardianship" because "[t]he present law does not take into account the unique status of a retardate in that the fact and degree of retardation and the need for guidance and assistance are determinable at a very early age and remain so for life.").
Peck (1974) attempted to use desensitization with "high level adult retardates" and found that they could use imagery and learn to relax, but they had difficulties constructing and utilizing anxiety hierarchies and remembering to practice between sessions.
If we also follow Fukuyama's 80-20 percent ratio on economic human behavior in money and markets in favor of the classicists, the fast-growing mercantilist countries in East Asia, particularly Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore would have remained today the world's economic laggards and retardates.
'She did not mince words in calling certain incorrigible people 'fungus faced,' 'discombobulated moral retardates,' or 'miserable intellectual amoeba.' She even challenged a certain senator to a boxing match,' Poe recalled.
Hand Test indices of violent and destructive behavior for institutionalized mental retardates. Journal of personality assessment, 43(4), 376-378.
Two-plated tapping performance by Down's syndrome and non-Downs syndrome retardates. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatric, 20(4), 351-5.
Group play therapy with a group of post-nursery male retardates. American Journal of Mental Deficiency, 63.
This was the beginning of a realization that programs were available for young retardates designed to give training and guidance by teachers who understood their problems.