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- n. Condition of being unable to speak.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. = dumbness.
- n. A disorder of speech in which words can be uttered but not intelligibly joined together.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, loss, through disease, of the power of expressing one's self in formed sentences.
a- + phrase + -ia (Wiktionary)
This taciturnity is not to be confounded with the paranoic aphrasia in certain insane persons -- e. g., in catatonia, where the will is paralyzed.