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[fee-buh l-mahyn-did] /ˈfi bəlˈmaɪn dɪd/
lacking the normal mental powers.
Medicine/Medical. (no longer in technical use) mentally deficient.
stupid or foolish; not sensible:
feeble-minded remarks.
Archaic. lacking firmness of mind; indecisive.
Origin of feeble-minded
Related forms
feeble-mindedly, adverb
feeble-mindedness, noun Unabridged
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  • Only a relatively small proportion of these, however, are technically known as feeble-minded.

    The Measurement of Intelligence Lewis Madison Terman
  • But these looked as if they were all lunatic or feeble-minded.

  • A feeble-minded person can improve a little, be returned home, and get married.

  • It has also been estimated that five per cent of the deaf are feeble-minded.

    The Deaf Harry Best
  • Indeed, the first definition of "feeble-minded" in the Bill was much looser and vaguer than the phrase "feeble-minded" itself.

    Eugenics and Other Evils G. K. Chesterton
  • Departments for the blind and for the feeble-minded were created here, but later separated.

    The Deaf Harry Best
  • At a tavern frequented by the militia he met a feeble-minded girl by whom he became the father of a feeble-minded son.

    Mental Defectives and Sexual Offenders W. H. Triggs, Donald McGavin, Frederick Truby King, J. Sands Elliot, Ada G. Patterson, C.E. Matthews and J. Beck
  • We owe it to adopting parents not to saddle them with feeble-minded offspring.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • This alcoholic son married a normal woman and produced two feeble-minded and three normal children.

British Dictionary definitions for feeble-minded


lacking in intelligence; stupid
mentally defective
lacking decision; irresolute
Derived Forms
feeble-mindedly, adverb
feeble-mindedness, noun
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