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elective mutism

[ ih-lek-tiv myoo-tiz-uhm ]
/ ɪˈlɛk tɪv ˈmyu tɪz əm /
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noun Psychiatry.
an unwillingness to speak in nearly all social environments, a condition not attributed to an organic speech disorder but rather to a defiant refusal that may stem from depression or trauma.
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Origin of elective mutism

First recorded in 1945–1950
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