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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A form of aphasia in which the meaning of ordinary spoken words becomes incomprehensible.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. inability to understand spoken words, though the person affected may hear them and other sounds, and hence is not deaf.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Loss, through disease, of the ability to understand spoken language, although the sounds are heard and the faculties of reading and speaking may be unimpaired.

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

  • n. an impairment in understanding spoken language that is not attributable to hearing loss


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