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dumb

lacking the power to speak, either because of defects in the vocal organs or because of hereditary deafness; mute

dumb

Passive. Not performing any business processing. See dumb network and dumb terminal.
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School exam results are announced and then, depending on the results, they are either seen as another shocking example of the 'dumbing down' of education with seemingly everyone getting an A in something or a damning indictment of the quality of Scotland's education system if pass rates fall.
Mick Warwicker, head of communications at Newcastle University, said: "It's certainly not a question of Newcastle dumbing down on its exams.
"If Julie thinks talking about popular culture is dumbing down then she must think 90% of the British population has been dumbed down because these are things we're interested in.
I will continue to read and to enjoy S&T, but there's no doubt that there has been a dumbing down with respect to quantitative information about amateur equipment.
Another sad case of the dumbing down of England and everything English.
The teaching package will include a DVD of animated tales, which some may argue is a 'dumbing down' of the Bard's plays.
DECADES of dumbing down in education have cost the economy pounds 9bn as hundreds of thousands of teenagers turn their backs on maths, a report warned today.
Al Gore, like Neil Postman, contends that the republic of letters (print media) has been invaded and occupied by the republic of television and the result has been a dumbing down of the news we get and a dumbing down of discourse in general.
It's New Britain's dumbing down all over: Milton Johns is the best racecourse announcer so it was inevitable that he'd lose his job.
Surely a more satisfactory arrangement could be reached, or is this just one more indication of the dumbing down of British standards?
delve into any 'deeper truths.' In fact, the book is a veritable ode to the short attention spans, dumbing down of complex issues into sound bites, and general lack of depth that modern American readers have been wired into with the cyber-revolution.
"What they're promoting is going dumb, and in more than one way," says Arnold, referring to the style of dance popular in the Bay Area--going stupid, going dumb, getting hyphy--as well as the mental numbing and dumbing down of hip-hop music.