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mental handicap

a general or specific intellectual disability, resulting directly or indirectly from injury to the brain or from abnormal neurological development
Derived Forms
mentally handicapped, adjective
Usage note
Nowadays both mental handicap and mentally handicapped are considered to have inappropriate and negative connotations. The phrases learning difficulties and a person with learning difficulties are used instead
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