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manualism

[ man-yoo-uh-liz-uhm ]
/ ˈmæn yu əˌlɪz əm /
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noun

the theory or practice of education for the deaf employing and promoting the use of sign language as the primary means of communication.

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Origin of manualism

First recorded in 1880–85; manual + -ism
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