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deaf without speech

adjective
1.
  1. (usually of a prelingually deaf person) able to utter sounds but not speak
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the deaf without speech
Usage note
Using this word to refer to people without speech is considered outdated and offensive, and should be avoided.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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