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mentally handicapped

Syllabification: men·tal·ly hand·i·capped
Pronunciation: /ˌment(ə)lē ˈhandēˌkapt
often offensive

Definition of mentally handicapped in English:


(Of a person) having very limited intellectual functions.
Example sentences
  • Children were excluded if they were diagnosed as mentally handicapped or if they had a pervasive developmental disorder.
  • The health care needs of severely mentally handicapped children are being neglected because of an over-emphasis on education, their parents have claimed.
  • But there have been heart-rending stories, such as an elderly woman with no support forced to stay home to look after her mentally handicapped daughter.


see handicapped (usage).

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