Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The condition of being unable or unwilling to speak as a result of a physical or psychological disorder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A psychological disorder in which the sufferer cannot speak in certain situations.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The condition, state, or habit of being mute, or without speech.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being mute or dumb; silence.
  • n. Same as mutage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the condition of being unable or unwilling to speak

Etymologies

From French mutisme, from Latin mutus "mute". (Wiktionary)

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