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retardate Syllabification: re·tar·date
Pronunciation: /rəˈtärˌdāt/

Definition of retardate in English:


North American , dated or , offensive
A mentally handicapped person.
Example sentences
  • Results of a study evaluating the success of transfers of adult retardates from state institutions to public and private nursing homes indicate that most of the retardates adjusted well to the change.
  • Self-help group programmes would have a positive impact on mental maturity, social maturity and adaptive behaviour of mental retardates.
  • This well-meaning short teaches teachers how to handle sex education for ‘retardates,’ or the developmentally disabled.


1950s: from Latin retardat- 'slowed down', from the verb retardare (see retard).

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