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Definitions for retarded
rɪˈtɑr dɪdre·tard·ed

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mentally retarded, retarded, developmentally challengedadjective

    people collectively who are mentally retarded

    "he started a school for the retarded"

  2. retardedadjective

    relatively slow in mental or emotional or physical development

    "providing a secure and sometimes happy life for the retarded"


  1. Retardednoun

    having a limited or below normal mental ability; same as mentally retarded; -- used especially in relation to performance in academic tasks.


  1. retardedadjective

    Delayed; delayed in development, hindered; impeded.

  2. retardedadjective

    Having mental retardation, characterised by learning difficulties (specifically having an IQ below 70); now more generally, mentally deficient.

  3. retardedadjective

    Underdeveloped (of a person's intelligence, abilities etc.).

  4. retardedadjective

    Stupid, dumb.

  5. retardedadjective

    Designating a parameter of an electromagnetic field which is adjusted to account for the finite speed of radiation.


  1. Retarded

    Retarded is a single by American rock band The Afghan Whigs.


  1. retarded

    The word "retarded" is a derogatory term that was once used to describe individuals with intellectual disabilities. However, it is important to note that this term is considered offensive and disrespectful. It is recommended to use more appropriate and respectful terminology, such as "intellectual disability" or "developmental delay," when referring to individuals with cognitive impairments.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Retarded

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of retarded in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of retarded in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of retarded in a Sentence

  1. David Sabatini:

    Was my lab kind of freewheeling and fun? Yes, you know, was the word retarded used sometimes, yes. That there was sort of outright sexism to people, no, and I certainly wouldn’t have tolerated that if that was the case so I do resist certainly a locker room atmosphere – I resist that characterization. Was it light and banter-full and people joked around and made fun of each other sometimes, yes, but in a very mutual kind of way.

  2. This Is Spinal Tap:

    Marty This tasteless cover is a good indication of the lack of musical invention within. The musical growth of this band cannot even be charted. They are treading water in a sea of retarded sexuality and bad poetry.

  3. David Cohen:

    Society after World War II discovered a new passion to solve social problems and include the excluded, and all sorts of institutions( including orphanages, institutions for mentally retarded persons, homes for unwed mothers, youth detention centers, etc.) were phased out, with their residents often in effect kicked out from where they had lived for years.

  4. Kahlil Gibran, The Broken Wings:

    I am one of those who believe that spiritual progress is a rule of human life, but the approach to perfection is slow and painful. If a woman elevates herself in one respect and is retarded in another, it is because the rough trail that leads to the mountain peak is not free of ambushes of thieves and lairs of wolves.

  5. Albert Watkins:

    A lot of these defendants — and I’m going to use this colloquial term, perhaps disrespectfully — but they’re all fu----- short-bus people. These are people with brain damage, they’re fu----- retarded, they’re on the god---- spectrum, but they’re our brothers, our sisters, our neighbors, our coworkers — they’re part of our country.

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