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imbecile

Psychol a person of very low intelligence (IQ of 25 to 50), usually capable only of guarding himself against danger and of performing simple mechanical tasks under supervision

imbecile

[′im·bə·səl]
(psychology)
A person of middle-grade mental deficiency; the individual's mental age is between 3 and 7 years.
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SCOTLAND -- In an act of counter-globalization, wage-slaves at McDonald's fast-food restaurants have formed a global fraternity called McDonald's Workers Resistance (MWR) to protest "late nights, skin irritations, no overtime, harassment, tow wages, stupid uniforms, unlawful business practices, imbecilic propaganda, cuts and burns.
Now we are threatened with a truly imbecilic law that could set back research for years.
An analogy might be building controls: in Europe, it would plainly be imbecilic to have the same building regulations from Sweden to Sicily.
I had the misfortune of being asked to review this imbecilic flick.
The circumstances were as imbecilic as those of the DeVolpi incident and, for that matter, of the case called United States of America v.
This novella, loosely based, according to the author, on Todor Zhivkov's recent show trial in Bulgaria (Mircea Eliade described the Hungarians as "after the Bulgarians the most imbecilic people ever to have existed"), where that dictator received a seven-year sentence, is Julian Barnes's entry in a new group of works of fiction/nonfiction that have in common the notion of post-Curtain or postpartum or postnatal (birth of democracy) or postmortem (death of communism) or postnuptial (marriage of East and West) or any other term that describes the breakup of Stalin's "secret gardens," either in or out of the Soviet Union.
He must have one great moneymaking idea - and if Sugar stands to make a few bob, it doesn't matter how imbecilic he is, he'll be there until the end.
Romeo In:Demand No X Factor fan but I've seen enough to be gobsmacked how imbecilic the voting public is.
But on another it is utterly depressing as, again, young women viewers are being offered up another imbecilic role model sending out the message that it is OK to be hopeless and helpless, that it is OK to remain childlike all your life - because either your mum and dad or some fella will look after you and do any thinking that's actually required along the way.
Since I took it that every rational Namibian must be fully aware of the suffering caused by accidents, it bowls me over every time (every day) when I witness the imbecilic behaviour of those sharing the road with me.
LIKE imbecilic passengers who blame the stewardesses for the late arrival of their flight, people who criticise the referee when he books a goalscorer for celebrating excessively are shooting at the wrong target.
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.