learning disability


noun

a disorder, as dyslexia, usually affecting school-age children of normal or above-normal intelligence, characterized by difficulty in understanding or using spoken or written language, and thought to be related to impairment or slowed development of perceptual motor skills.

Origin of learning disability

First recorded in 1955–60
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Medicine definitions for learning disability

learning disability

n.

A disorder in the basic cognitive and psychological processes involved in using language or performing mathematical calculations, affecting persons of normal intelligence, and not the result of emotional disturbance or impairment of sight or hearing.learning disorder

Related forms

learning-dis•a′bled adj.
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Science definitions for learning disability

learning disability

[ lûrnĭng ]

Any of various disabilities of the basic cognitive and psychological processes involved in using language or performing mathematical calculations. Learning disabilities are not caused by low intelligence, emotional disturbance, or physical impairment (as of hearing). Dyslexia is a common learning disability.

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