Imbecile meaning

ĭmbə-sĭl, -səl
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A person who is considered foolish or stupid.
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A very foolish or stupid person.
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Very foolish or stupid.
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The definition of an imbecile is someone who is foolish or isn’t very smart.

An example of an imbecile is someone who treats people badly and does stupid things that don't make any sense.

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A disabled person mentally equal to a child between three and eight years old.
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A person who is considered foolish or stupid.
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(pejorative) A fool, an idiot.
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(dated) Destitute of strength, whether of body or mind; feeble; impotent; especially, mentally weak.

Hospitals for the imbecile and insane.

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A person with moderate to severe intellectual disability having a mental age of from three to seven years and generally being capable of some degree of communication and performance of simple tasks under supervision. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.
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A person of moderate to severe mental retardation having a mental age of from three to seven years and generally being capable of some degree of communication and performance of simple tasks under supervision. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.
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Origin of imbecile

  • From obsolete French imbécille weak, feeble from Old French from Latin imbēcillus in- not in–1 possibly bacillum staff diminutive of baculum rod bak- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French imbécile, from Latin imbēcillus (“weak, feeble”), literally “without a staff”.

    From Wiktionary