• (America) IPA: /ˈɪmbəsɪl/, /ˈɪmbəsəl/

imbecile (plural imbeciles)

  1. (obsolete) A person with limited mental capacity who can perform tasks and think only like a young child, in medical circles meaning a person who lacks the capacity to develop beyond the mental age of a normal five to seven-year-old child.
  2. (pejorative) A fool#Noun|fool, an idiot#Noun|idiot.
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  1. (dated) Destitute of strength, whether of body or mind; feeble; impotent; especially, mentally weak.
    hospitals for the imbecile and insane

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