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Meaning of IMBECILE

Pronunciation:  'imbisil

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a person of subnormal intelligence
  2. [adj]  having a mental age of three to seven years

IMBECILE is a 8 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: changeling, cretin, half-wit, idiot, imbecilic, moron, retard, stupid, unintelligent
 See Also: simple, simpleton



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Im"be*cile\, a. [L. imbecillis, and imbecillus; of
    unknown origin: cf. F. imb['e]cile.]
    Destitute of strength, whether of body or mind; feeble;
    impotent; esp., mentally wea; feeble-minded; as, hospitals
    for the imbecile and insane.
    Syn: Weak; feeble; feeble-minded; idiotic.
  2. \Im"be*cile\, n.
    One destitute of strength; esp., one of feeble mind.
  3. \Im"be*cile\, v. t.
    To weaken; to make imbecile; as, to imbecile men's courage.
    [Obs.] --Jer. Taylor.
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