mental defect


mental defect
mental defect n: an abnormal mental condition (as mental retardation) that may be of a more fixed nature than a mental disease

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

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  • mental retardation — noun lack of normal development of intellectual capacities • Syn: ↑retardation, ↑backwardness, ↑slowness, ↑subnormality • Derivationally related forms: ↑subnormal (for: ↑subnormality), ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • mental deficiency — noun mild mental retardation • Syn: ↑moronity • Hypernyms: ↑retardation, ↑mental retardation, ↑backwardness, ↑slowness, ↑subnormality * * * noun : failure i …   Useful english dictionary


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