mentally defective

mentally defective
mentally deficient, mentally handicapped

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  • defective — I adjective amiss, awry, below par, below standards, beneath standards, blemished, broken, bruised, crippled, damaged, deficient, deformed, distorted, falling short, faultful, faulty, flawed, impaired, imperfect, imperfectus, inadequate,… …   Law dictionary

  • defective — adj. & n. adj. 1 having a defect or defects; incomplete, imperfect, faulty. 2 mentally subnormal. 3 (usu. foll. by in) lacking, deficient. 4 Gram. not having all the usual inflections. n. a mentally defective person. Derivatives: defectively adv …   Useful english dictionary

  • defective — adj. VERBS ▪ be, prove ▪ If the goods prove defective, the customer has the right to compensation. ADVERB ▪ highly, seriously (esp. BrE), severely …   Collocations dictionary

  • mentally retarded — Synonyms and related words: arrested, babbling, backward, blithering, burbling, crackbrained, cracked, crazy, cretinistic, cretinous, dithering, driveling, drooling, half baked, half witted, idiotic, imbecile, imbecilic, maundering, mentally… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • Defective — De*fect ive, n. 1. Anything that is defective or lacking in some respect. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. (Med.) One who is lacking physically or mentally. Note: Under the term defectives are included deaf mutes, the blind, the feeble minded, the insane …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • defective — mid 14c., from M.Fr. défectif (14c.) and directly from L.L. defectivus, from defect , pp. stem of deficere (see DEFICIENT (Cf. deficient)). A euphemism for mentally ill from 1898 to c.1935. Related: Defectively; defectiveness …   Etymology dictionary

  • defective — I. adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. imperfect in form or function ; faulty < a defective pane of glass > b. falling below the norm in structure or in mental or physical function < defective eyesight > 2. lacking one or more of the usual forms… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • defective — Denoting or exhibiting a defect; imperfect; a failure of quality. * * * de·fec·tive di fek tiv adj falling below the norm in structure or in mental or physical function <defective eyesight> de·fec·tive·ness nəs n defective n one that is… …   Medical dictionary

  • defective, deficient — The first of these terms should be related to defect, the second to deficit. For example, money that is counterfeit is defective because of its defect. Money is deficient if there is not enough of it. Defect is the general word for any kind of… …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • mentally — adv. Mentally is used with these adjectives: ↑active, ↑alert, ↑competent, ↑defective, ↑deficient, ↑deranged, ↑disabled, ↑disturbed, ↑exhausted, ↑exhausting, ↑handicapped, ↑ …   Collocations dictionary

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