Definition of retardate in English:
nounNorth American , dated or , offensive
A mentally handicapped person.
- 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).
Definition of retardate in:
- British & World English dictionary
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.