Meaning of “feeble-minded” in the English Dictionary

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"feeble-minded" in British English

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feeble-mindedadjective

uk /ˌfiː.bəlˈmaɪn.dɪd/ us /ˌfiː.bəlˈmaɪn.dɪd/

Examples from literature

  • A child begotten in an intoxicated or depraved condition of a parent may be depraved itself in the same way, and is apt to be feeble-minded or idiotic. 
  • Again the explanation is clear when it is stated that this branch of the family did not contain a single feeble-minded individual. 
  • However, the so-called higher mental functions—logical memory, controlled association, and constructive imagination—are all poor in a feeble-minded person. 
  • In another marriage of the same class both parents were feeble-minded and the children idiotic. 
  • They should be treated as feeble-minded, not as criminals. Those who may have been made criminals by society, by their environment, must also be excepted. 

(Definition of “feeble-minded” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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