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[im-buh-sil-ik] /ˌɪm bəˈsɪl ɪk/
of, relating to, or characteristic of an imbecile.
contemptibly stupid, silly, or inappropriate:
an imbecilic suggestion.
Origin of imbecilic
1915-20; imbecile + -ic
2. idiotic, stupid, asinine. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He, Hunter, was the one who deserved execution for ever entrusting anything so important as the message to an imbecilic animal.

  • The intricate and imbecilic steps of the day he performed in flawless sequence.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • Moral strife, as well as legal penalties, would bear all the stigmata of unmitigated, imbecilic cruelty.

    The Philosophy of Spinoza Baruch de Spinoza
  • If stimulated by association with girls, he makes crude and imbecilic plans for conquest.

    The Criminal Imbecile Henry Herbert Goddard
  • It needs no argument to show that all the rest of his conduct in leaving things as he did was imbecilic.

    The Criminal Imbecile Henry Herbert Goddard
Word Origin and History for imbecilic

1875, from imbecile + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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