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deaf-and-dumb

[def-uh n-duhm] /ˈdɛf ənˈdʌm/
adjective, Offensive.
1.
deaf-mute (def 1).
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English def and doumb
Usage note
See dumb.
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British Dictionary definitions for deaf and dumb

deaf-and-dumb

adjective
1.
unable to hear or speak
noun
2.
a deaf person without speech
Usage note
Using deaf-and-dumb to refer to people without speech is considered outdated and offensive, and should be avoided. The phrase profoundly deaf is a suitable alternative in many contexts
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