One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Unable to make intelligent decisions or judgements; foolish or stupid.
- ‘The tone of his voice suggested that he was talking to a feeble-minded minion who couldn't be trusted to tie his or her own shoe laces.’
- ‘Such an argument might win votes from among the feeble-minded.’
- ‘The results will be slightly inferior to what the most feeble-minded member of each team would have produced.’
- ‘It was an easy way for society to lock up girls who were ‘frivolous, sinful and feeble-minded.’’
- ‘I scoff every time I hear this but out of deference to my feeble-minded readers who use this as an excuse I will not laugh.’
- ‘He's trying to avoid prosecution by claiming he is too old and too feeble-minded to face a trial.’
- ‘Don't be shy about telling the world the truth about our feeble-minded chief executive.’
- ‘These notes, where not referential, would have lightened a text that is certainly not for the feeble-minded.’
- ‘After all, if you wander past many licensed premises in the early hours of the morning you are likely to hear subdued mutterings which the more feeble-minded are likely to interpret as ghosts.’
- ‘They don't own any sign of scientific thinking and they just follow their feeble-minded instincts and make stupid decisions.’
- ‘People who have a limited amount of money, yet squander it on unnecessary incidentals and leave themselves without the means to buy food and clothing, are not necessarily feeble-minded.’
- ‘These feeble-minded hoodlums have primarily been targeting foreign tourists and women.’
- 1.1dated (of a person) having less than average intelligence.
- ‘After asking respondents their names, addresses, ages and occupations it asks them to list the state of their mental health reporting whether they are deaf and dumb, blind, lunatic, an imbecile or feeble-minded.’
- ‘In 1930s Nazi Germany about 350,000 people, categorized most commonly as feeble-minded, schizophrenic or epileptic, were sterilized.’
- ‘Such people, said the out-of-sight narrator, were known variously as idiots, imbeciles or the feeble-minded, and lumped in together with the genuinely intellectually handicapped.’
- ‘Even less can he tell his colleagues about it; he would lose his credibility and be considered half feeble-minded.’
- ‘Through these means they sought to identify groups they classified as ‘mental defectives’ or the feeble-minded, idiots, and imbeciles.’
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