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Meaning of IMBECILITY

Pronunciation:  `imbi'silitee

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a stupid mistake
  2. [n]  retardation more severe than a moron but not as severe as an idiot
 

IMBECILITY is a 10 letter word that starts with I.

 

 Synonyms: betise, folly, foolishness, stupidity
 
 See Also: backwardness, error, fault, mental retardation, mistake, retardation, slowness, subnormality

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Im`be*cil"i*ty\, n.; pl. {Imbecilities}. [L.
imbecillitas: cf. F. imb['e]cillit['e].]
The quality of being imbecile; weakness; feebleness, esp. of
mind.

      Cruelty . . . argues not only a depravedness of nature,
      but also a meanness of courage and imbecility of mind.
                                               --Sir W.
                                               Temple.

Note: This term is used specifically to denote natural
      weakness of the mental faculties, affecting one's power
      to act reasonably or intelligently.

Syn: Debility; infirmity; weakness; feebleness; impotence.
     See {Debility}.

 
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