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feeble-minded

[fee-buh l-mahyn-did] /ˈfi bəlˈmaɪn dɪd/
adjective
1.
lacking the normal mental powers.
2.
Medicine/Medical. (no longer in technical use) mentally deficient.
3.
stupid or foolish; not sensible:
feeble-minded remarks.
4.
Archaic. lacking firmness of mind; indecisive.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35
Related forms
feeble-mindedly, adverb
feeble-mindedness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for feebleminded

feeble-minded

adjective
1.
lacking in intelligence; stupid
2.
mentally defective
3.
lacking decision; irresolute
Derived Forms
feeble-mindedly, adverb
feeble-mindedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for feebleminded
adj.

1530s; see feeble + mind. Related: Feeblemindedness.

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