- slowed or delayed in development or progress, esp. because of mental retardation
- having or characteristic of mental retardation: term now sometimes considered offensive
- Slang inept, ineffectual, pathetic, etc.: a general term of contempt or derision considered offensive by many because of the word's traditional medical use
It is not appropriate to refer to someone with a mental handicap as retarded.
- An example of retarded is when a project is behind schedule.
- An example of retarded is a politically incorrect term for a person with a very low IQ.
The definition of retarded is delayed, or is a politically incorrect term for someone who has a mental handicap.
- Often Offensive Affected with intellectual disability.
- Occurring or developing later than desired or expected; delayed.
- Offensive Slang Socially inappropriate or foolish.
(comparative more retarded, superlative most retarded)
- Delayed; delayed in development, hindered; impeded. [from 17th c.]
- (psychology, now offensive) Having mental retardation, characterised by learning difficulties (specifically having an IQ below 70); now more generally, mentally deficient. [from 19th c.]
- (chiefly North America) Underdeveloped (of a person's intelligence, abilities etc.). [from 20th c.]
- (colloquial, derogatory) Stupid, dumb. [from 20th c.]
- (physics) Designating a parameter of an electromagnetic field which is adjusted to account for the finite speed of radiation. [from 20th c.]
- Simple past tense and past participle of retard.
From retard +"Ž -ed.
- A Colorado farm boy was found cowering from his father's wrath in the loft of a barn while a retarded Illinois ten year old was lured to the house of a local registered sex offender after being told his parents had sold him to the man.
- It was retarded and took false directions until the revival of learning in Italy.
- For those orbits whose projection upon a plane perpendicular to the field is righthanded, the period of revolution will be accelerated by the field (since the electron current is negative), and the magnetic moment consequently increased; for those which are left-handed, the period will be retarded and the moment diminished.
- The returns from the copper fields in the state are at present a little over half a million sterling per annum, and would be still greater if it were not for the lack of suitable fuel for smelting purposes, which renders the economical treatment of the ore difficult; the development of the mines is also retarded by the want of easy and cheaper communication with the coast.
- The expansion of Cretan commerce has been retarded by many drawbacks, such as the unsatisfactory condition of the harbours, the want of direct steamship lines to England and other countries, and the deficiency of internal communications.