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mental handicap Line breaks: men¦tal handi|cap

Definition of mental handicap in English:


dated or , offensive
A condition in which the intellectual capacity of a person is permanently lowered or underdeveloped to an extent which prevents normal function in society.
Example sentences
  • Without research, advances in understanding of the causes and care of those with mental handicaps or psychiatric conditions may be undermined.
  • It takes a special person to really befriend someone with a mental handicap.
  • So there's more to riding - it's why they use horses for helping people with handicaps, physical handicaps and mental handicaps.


The terms mental handicap and mentally handicapped, though widely used a few decades ago, have fallen out of favour in recent years and have been largely replaced in official contexts by terms such as learning difficulties. See learning difficulties (usage).

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