• (dated) Destitute of strength, whether of body or mind; feeble; impotent; especially, mentally weak.

    "hospitals for the imbecile and insane"


  • (pejorative) A fool, an idiot.
  • (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.

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