Definitions

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

  • adjective Often Offensive Affected with impaired intellectual development.
  • adjective Occurring or developing later than desired or expected; delayed.
  • adjective Offensive Slang Socially inappropriate or foolish.

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

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

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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of retard.

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

  • adjective relatively slow in mental or emotional or physical development
  • noun people collectively who are mentally retarded

Etymologies

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From retard +‎ -ed.

Examples

  • I think the term retarded should never be used when referring to down syndrome victims due to its horrible derogatory nature, and should be reserved for idiotic morons such as Sarah Palin herself. soqrbrad wrote: Umm how about all those scandals Palin was involved in.

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  • I think the term retarded should never be used when referring to down syndrome victims due to its horrible derogatory nature, and should be reserved for idiotic morons such as Sarah Palin herself. soqrbrad wrote: Umm how about all those scandals Palin was involved in.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • I think the term retarded should never be used when referring to down syndrome victims due to its horrible derogatory nature, and should be reserved for idiotic morons such as Sarah Palin herself.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • I think the term retarded should never be used when referring to down syndrome victims due to its horrible derogatory nature, and should be reserved for idiotic morons such as Sarah Palin herself.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • I think the term retarded should never be used when referring to down syndrome victims due to its horrible derogatory nature, and should be reserved for idiotic morons such as Sarah Palin herself.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • I think the term retarded should never be used when referring to down syndrome victims due to its horrible derogatory nature, and should be reserved for idiotic morons such as Sarah Palin herself. soqrbrad wrote: Umm how about all those scandals Palin was involved in.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • I think the term retarded should never be used when referring to down syndrome victims due to its horrible derogatory nature, and should be reserved for idiotic morons such as Sarah Palin herself. soqrbrad wrote: Umm how about all those scandals Palin was involved in.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • I think the term retarded should never be used when referring to down syndrome victims due to its horrible derogatory nature, and should be reserved for idiotic morons such as Sarah Palin herself.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • I think the term retarded should never be used when referring to down syndrome victims due to its horrible derogatory nature, and should be reserved for idiotic morons such as Sarah Palin herself.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • Speaking yesterday for the first time about the complaints which followed his on-air remarks on Monday, Henry said he could not see what he had done wrong, and that it was fine to use the term retarded about people with intellectual disabilities.

    Stuff.co.nz - Stuff

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