Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun the condition of being unable or unwilling to speak

Etymologies

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From French mutisme, from Latin mutus "mute".

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