Retarded meaning

rĭ-tär'dĭd
The definition of retarded is delayed, or is a politically incorrect term for someone who has a mental handicap.

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.

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Occurring or developing later than desired or expected; delayed.
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Delayed; delayed in development, hindered; impeded. [from 17th c.]
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(chiefly North America) Underdeveloped (of a person's intelligence, abilities etc.). [from 20th c.]
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Occurring or developing later than desired or expected; delayed.
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Simple past tense and past participle of retard.
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Affected with impaired intellectual development.
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Socially inappropriate or foolish.
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Slowed or delayed in development or progress, esp. because of mental retardation.
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Having or characteristic of mental retardation.
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Inept, ineffectual, pathetic, etc.
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Affected with intellectual disability.
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Socially inappropriate or foolish.
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(psychology, now offensive) Having mental retardation, characterised by learning difficulties (specifically having an IQ below 70); now more generally, mentally deficient. [from 19th c.]
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(colloquial, derogatory) Stupid, dumb. [from 20th c.]
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(physics) Designating a parameter of an electromagnetic field which is adjusted to account for the finite speed of radiation. [from 20th c.]
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Origin of retarded

  • From retard +"Ž -ed.
    From Wiktionary