Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


1. Often Offensive Affected with intellectual disability.
2. Occurring or developing later than desired or expected; delayed.
3. Offensive Slang Socially inappropriate or foolish.


Etymology: L, retardare, to check
(of physical, intellectual, social, or emotional development) abnormally slow. retard [ritärd′] , v.

Patient discussion about retarded

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

More discussions about retarded
References in periodicals archive ?
But, with education and care, many people who are mentally retarded can become productive members of society.
In the case where the solution is a retarded wave from source to absorber, there will be a remarkable correlation of particle motions in the absorber at t + r/c, and the correlation will to some extent linger on to t + r/c + dt--let us say the absorber is coherent at t + r/c + dt.
In retarded group most prevalent Behaviour problem was withdrawn/ depressed (75%), and somatic problems (60%).
Table 1 shows that the highest crimes happens by mental retarded people in terms of police officers, judges and attorneys and total of three groups is subjected to property damage and the lowest crime is related to murder.
The present study was aimed to explore and collect information about the attitudes prevalent in families with a retarded child.
A federal district court ruled that the facts alleged in Walker's petition were not sufficient to establish that he is mentally retarded under the Virginia definition and dismissed the case.
2d 335 (2002), effectively eliminating the death penalty for mentally retarded defendants.
People convicted of murder now avoid the death penalty if they're deemed mentally retarded, but they stand a far better chance of scoring below 70 on a recently revised IQ test than on an older test.
However, Judge Rothenberg claimed to have heard ZM mutter, "My baby no more," which he took as a definitive statement of the retarded woman's intent to have an abortion.