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The term feeble-minded was used from the late nineteenth century in Europe, the United States and Australasia for disorders later referred to as illnesses or deficiencies of the mind.

At the time, mental deficiency encompassed all degrees of educational and social deficiency. Within the concept of mental deficiency, researchers established a hierarchy, ranging from idiocy, at the most severe end of the scale; to imbecility, at the median point; and to feeble-mindedness at the highest end of functioning. The latter was conceived of as a form of high-grade mental deficiency.[1]

The development of the ranking system of mental deficiency has been attributed to Sir Charles Trevelyan in 1876, and was associated with the rise of eugenics.[2] The term and hierarchy had been used in that sense at least ten years previously.[3] "Wild card" terms outside the established hierarchy such as idiot savant, may have been used as connotations for varying degrees of autism.[citation needed]

  1. ^ Jackson, Mark (1 December 1998). "'It begins with the goos and ends with the goose': medical, legal, and lay understandings of imbecility in Ingram v Wyatt, 1824–1832". Social History of Medicine. 11 (3): 364. doi:10.1093/shm/11.3.361. 
  2. ^ Thomson, Mathew (1998). The Problem of Mental Deficiency : Eugenics, Democracy and Social Policy in Britain, c. 1870–1959 (Repr. ed.). Oxford: Clarendon. p. 14. ISBN 0-19-820692-5. 
  3. ^ Bartley, Paula (2000). Prostitution prevention and reform in England, 1860–1914. London: Routledge. p. 121. ISBN 0-203-45303-4. 

From Wiktionary

See also: feebleminded


  • 1 English
    • 1.1 Adjective
      • 1.1.1 Usage notes
      • 1.1.2 Related terms
      • 1.1.3 Translations
    • 1.2 References


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feeble-minded (comparative more feeble-minded, superlative most feeble-minded)

  1. Weak in intellectual power; wanting firmness or constancy; lacking intelligence; irresolute; vacillating; imbecile.

Usage notes[edit]

This term was used loosely in the late 19th and the early 20th century to describe a variety of mental deficiencies, often in a medical context (as were cretin, idiot, imbecile and moron). It was originally not meant to be considered a pejorative term. By the mid-20th century, it was no longer used in medical contexts and became considered a pejorative.

Related terms[edit]

  • feeble-mindedly
  • feeble-mindedness



  • feeble-minded in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913