- Deficient in intelligence. No longer in scientific use.
- Exhibiting a marked lack of intelligent consideration and forethought: a feeble-minded plan doomed to failure.
(comparative more feeble-minded, superlative most feeble-minded)
This term was used loosely in the late 19th and the early 20th century to describe a variety of mental deficiencies, often in a medical context (as were cretin, idiot, imbecile and moron). It was originally not meant to be considered a pejorative term. By the mid-20th century, it was no longer used in medical contexts and became considered a pejorative.