[ ri-tahr-did ]
/ rɪˈtɑr dɪd /
characterized by a slowness or limitation in intellectual understanding and awareness, emotional development, academic progress, etc.
Slang. stupid or foolish.
(used with a plural verb) people who are slow or limited in mental development (usually preceded by the): new schools for the retarded.
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usage note for retarded
In reference to low intellectual ability, the terms retarded, retardation, and mental retardation are now usually perceived as insulting. There are several acceptable alternatives. In general, someone with a mental, physical, or emotional disability may be described as developmentally disabled, or as a person with a developmental disability. If it is specifically a mental disability, the person may be described as cognitively impaired or intellectually (or mentally) disabled. Such a person may be referred to as an individual with a cognitive impairment or a person with an intellectual (or mental) disability. The slang term retard is a term of abuse used especially by children, though much less commonly than in the past. In both of its meanings, retard is perceived as insulting to disabled people. See also cripple.
OTHER WORDS FROM retardednon·re·tard·ed, adjectiveun·re·tard·ed, adjective
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Definition for retarded (2 of 2)
[ ri-tahrd, for 1–3, 5; ree-tahrd for 4 ]
/ rɪˈtɑrd, for 1–3, 5; ˈri tɑrd for 4 /
verb (used with object)
to make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, etc.); hinder or impede.
verb (used without object)
to be delayed.
a slowing down, diminution, or hindrance, as in a machine.
Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
- a contemptuous term used to refer to a person who is cognitively impaired.
- a person who is stupid, obtuse, or ineffective in some way: a hopeless social retard.
Automotive, Machinery. an adjustment made in the setting of the distributor of an internal-combustion engine so that the spark for ignition in each cylinder is generated later in the cycle.
Origin of retard
usage note for retard
OTHER WORDS FROM retardre·tard·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for retarded (1 of 2)
/ (rɪˈtɑːdɪd) /
British Dictionary definitions for retarded (2 of 2)
(tr) to delay or slow down (the progress, speed, or development) of (something)
US offensive a retarded person
US offensive a foolish person
Word Origin for retard
C15: from Old French retarder, from Latin retardāre, from re- + tardāre to make slow, from tardus sluggish; see tardy
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