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see mental retardationmental retardation,
below average level of intellectual functioning, usually defined by an IQ of below 70 to 75, combined with limitations in the skills necessary for daily living.
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Not unreason, then, as such but an excess of misplaced rationalism in the modern period has produced what Amis laments as feeblemindedness.
Under this law, the colony proposed that it was in the best interest of the patient and society that Carrie be sexually sterilized because she had a hereditary form of feeblemindedness.
48) Justice Holmes' opinion is most notable for the fact that he accepted and endorsed the eugenic theories without reservation, gave no thought to procreation as a right, and never questioned whether feeblemindedness was actually hereditary.
5) Female homosexual desire in its working-class guises was comparatively invisible to authorities who were much more concerned at the turn of the century with prostitution, venereal disease and feeblemindedness.
In 1912 in his The Kallikak Family: A Study in the Heredity of Feeble-Mindedness, Goddard had studied a family of undesirables - prostitutes, alcoholics, criminals, and paupers - and concluded that feeblemindedness, not environment, was responsible for these social ills and was hereditary and transmitted.
Much earlier, Kanner (1957) distinguished between what he called "absolute" and "relative" feeblemindedness.
This concept smacks of the turn-of-the-century eugenics movement in the United States when laws were passed to sterilize people who were thought to have the genes for feeblemindedness, epilepsy, prostitution, and pauperism.
The feebleminded thoughtfulness or thoughtful feeblemindedness of intellectuals--Your Example: why should I not kill my grandmother if I want to?
As Remondino said, "it may be a question as to whether the feeblemindedness be not a reflex condition from this excessive morbid irritability of the sexual organs.
They gave a scientific veneer to racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism by defining racial nits that predisposed the Irish to alcoholism, Jews to nervousness, Italians to backwardness and African Americans to feeblemindedness and promiscuity.
Glueck, supra note 127, at 128 ("[Fitzherbert] suggested it merely as one of the convenient methods known to his day, of arriving at a judgment as to a person's feeblemindedness .