[ ih-lek-tiv myoo-tiz-uhm ]
/ ɪˈlɛk tɪv ˈmyu tɪz əm /
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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Compare selective mutism.
Origin of elective mutism
First recorded in 1945–1950
Words nearby elective mutism
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Medical definitions for elective mutism
[ ĭ-lĕk′tĭv ]
A form of childhood mutism in which the ability to speak is intact, but there is a refusal to speak in almost all social situations.
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