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mental handicap

noun

a general or specific intellectual disability, resulting directly or indirectly from injury to the brain or from abnormal neurological development

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Nearby words

mental deficiency, mental disease, mental disorder, mental disorders, mental foramen, mental handicap, mental healing, mental health, mental home, mental hospital, mental hygiene
Derived Formsmentally handicapped, adjective

usage

Nowadays both mental handicap and mentally handicapped are considered to have inappropriate and negative connotations. The phrases learning difficulties and a person with learning difficulties are used instead
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