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mental deficiency

[′men·təl di′fish·ən·sē]
(psychology)
A condition characterized by intellectual retardation, social inadequacy, and persistent dependency.
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78) The Wood Report on Mental Deficiency, published in 1929, cited these ideas in its support of eugenic policy:
Ellis' handbook of mental deficiency, psychological theory and research (3rd ed.
Washington, DC: American Association on Mental Deficiency.
He will be using monographs, periodicals and manuscripts primarily relating to three areas of his thesis: mental deficiency, child and youth health initiatives, and venereal disease.
She was sectioned under the 1927 Mental Deficiency Act.
Adults can't fully express their imaginations without others thinking they have some mental deficiency.
As a result, the term has not only lost its meaning, but its use in political discourse has become a sign of mental deficiency on the part of those who employ it.
According to the university's research group, the congenital abnormality of KRAS and BRAF induces CFC syndrome, a rare genetic disorder characterized by a distinctive facial appearance, congenital cardiac lesion, mental deficiency, and excessive keratinization.
In Scottish law a contract is not binding if one party has a mental deficiency.
And along with team captains D-ildo and Joe Leg End, Rrrroddy suffers from that peculiarly American mental deficiency commonly known as "not understanding the concept of a microphone".
After all, anyone who stands around waiting to dive at the feet of an on-rushing striker, fling himself in the way of a point blank shot or try and claim a cross against a burly centre-half, must have some sort of mental deficiency.