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  • adj. Alternative spelling of feeble-minded.


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  • No matter, the most farfetched and feebleminded is yet to come.

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  • This is no less true (and often even more so) for the sorrowful beings you put behind closed doors, like animals in cages, because of the trouble they cause you: the weak, the infirm, the bedridden, and the so-called feebleminded, those who (by human standards) are not of great intelligence.

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  • The clearest evidence, however, of the economic inefficiency of the county home method of caring for the feebleminded is the case of a feebleminded woman, who has been a resident of a county home for fifty-one years, having given birth while at the county home to ten children.

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  • In the United States, fears of "race suicide," an influx of immigrants from Asia and Southern and Eastern Europe, and concerns about the growth of the so-called feebleminded population at home led to the embrace of eugenics, the movement to improve the human race through better breeding practices.

  • In the 1930s, the average life expectancy for those classified as feebleminded was approximately 18.5 years.

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  • For example, the term mentally retarded was originally used as a euphemism, as had been moron before, itself a euphemism for idiot, in order to avoid true dyslogisms such as feebleminded or half-witted.

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  • The latest issue of the History of Psychiatry journal contains an article by psychologist Jay Joseph, discussing a disturbing debate in a 1942 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry, over whether the 'feebleminded' should be killed.

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  • There was a building boom in institutions designed to house the insane and "feebleminded" around the country. Main RSS Feed

  • Darger, who as a child was diagnosed as "feebleminded," eked out a living as a hospital custodian.

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  • Instead, he spins a tale of Big Pharma greed indirectly feeding public skepticism of science, and in an effort to push as many buttons as possible, somehow pulls in the writings of Goethe, forced sterilization of the "feebleminded," the Unabomber, the Bhopal disaster, the Vietnam War, Chernobyl and Josef Mengele.

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