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special needs

[ spesh uhl needz ]
/ ˈspɛʃ əl ˈnidz /
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plural noun Sometimes Offensive.
the special educational requirements of those with learning difficulties, emotional or behavioral problems, or physical disabilities.
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Origin of special needs

First recorded in 1895–1900

usage note for special needs

See special.

OTHER WORDS FROM special needs

spe·cial-needs, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for special needs

special needs

special educational needs


pl n
  1. the educational requirements of pupils or students suffering from any of a wide range of physical disabilities, medical conditions, intellectual difficulties, or emotional problems, including deafness, blindness, dyslexia, learning difficulties, and behavioural problems
  2. (as modifier)special-needs teachers
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Medical definitions for special needs

special-needs

adj.
Of or relating to people who have specific needs, as those associated with a disability.
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