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  1. feeblemindednessnoun

    severe mental deficiency


  1. feeblemindedness

    The term feeble-minded was used from the late 19th century in Europe, the United States and Australasia for disorders later referred to as illnesses or deficiencies of the mind. At the time, mental deficiency encompassed all degrees of educational and social deficiency. Within the concept of mental deficiency, researchers established a hierarchy, ranging from idiocy, at the most severe end of the scale; to imbecility, at the median point; and to feeble-mindedness at the highest end of functioning. The last was conceived of as a form of high-grade mental deficiency.The development of the ranking system of mental deficiency has been attributed to Sir Charles Trevelyan in 1876, and was associated with the rise of eugenics. The term and hierarchy had been used in that sense at least 10 years previously. "Wild card" terms outside the established hierarchy such as idiot savant, may have been used as connotations for varying degrees of autism.


  1. feeblemindedness

    Feeblemindedness is an outdated and largely offensive term that was historically used to describe a variety of intellectual or cognitive disabilities. It implies significantly lower-than-average general intellectual functioning, often associated with deficits in adaptive behavior and learning abilities. Nowadays, it is seldom used and is replaced by more specific and respectful terms.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of feeblemindedness in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of feeblemindedness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6


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