- lack of intellectual development; imbecility; severe mental retardation.
Origin of amentia
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Amentia shows itself negatively and passively; dementia, positively and energetically.Dderlein's Hand-book of Latin Synonymes
- severe mental deficiency, usually congenitalCompare dementia
C14: from Latin: insanity, from āmēns mad, from mēns mind
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Word Origin and History for amentia
"mental deficiency," late 14c., from Latin amentia "madness," from amentem "mad," from a- "away from" + mentem "mind" (see mind (n.)).
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- Insufficient mental development or functioning.
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