from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Old age.
- n. The mental and physical deterioration associated with aging.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Senescence; the bodily and mental deterioration associated with old age.
- n. The losing of memory and reason due to senescence.
- n. An elderly, senile person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being senile; old age.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being senile; old age; especially, the weakness or imbecility of old age.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the state of being senile
- n. mental infirmity as a consequence of old age; sometimes shown by foolish infatuations
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Many people greatly misuse the word senility when wanting to convey the idea that the aged individual that they are referring to has memory loss, confusion etc., when the appropriate word is dementia.
Conversely, much not all—there are biological factors involved of what we call senility is a fatal end-stage form of psychological and spiritual immaturity.
Ah well as Forrest might say senility is as senility does.
If senility is beginning to cloud your judgement, refrain from public forums. ready99
Replace and repeal ain't gonna happen but apperantly senility is stop the nonsense
He was never one to act in senility or say things which caused us to doubt his senses.
Later he took up the study of the flora of the human intestine and developed a theory that senility is due to poisoning of the body by the products of certain of these bacteria.
And I think that's what years ago we referred to as senility or someone's losing their memory.
kookla09: just wanted to let you know that the definition of senility is "characterizing old age".
“My dear Holmes, if I hear you use the word senility again, I shall stuff it down your throat.