Definition of feebleminded in US English:



  • 1(of a person) unable to make intelligent decisions or judgments.

    • ‘These notes, where not referential, would have lightened a text that is certainly not for the feeble-minded.’
    • ‘Such an argument might win votes from among the feeble-minded.’
    • ‘He's trying to avoid prosecution by claiming he is too old and too feeble-minded to face a trial.’
    • ‘They don't own any sign of scientific thinking and they just follow their feeble-minded instincts and make stupid decisions.’
    • ‘It was an easy way for society to lock up girls who were ‘frivolous, sinful and feeble-minded.’’
    • ‘These feeble-minded hoodlums have primarily been targeting foreign tourists and women.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The results will be slightly inferior to what the most feeble-minded member of each team would have produced.’
    • ‘Don't be shy about telling the world the truth about our feeble-minded chief executive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    stupid, idiotic, moronic, imbecilic, foolish, half-baked, half-witted, dim-witted, witless, dunce-like, doltish, cretinous, empty-headed, vacuous, vapid
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    1. 1.1 (of an idea or proposal) lacking in sense or clear direction.
      ‘a feebleminded policy’
      • ‘Maybe this is a true democracy, since politicians do respond to the feebleminded demands of their constituencies.’
      • ‘One may suspect that the approval partly stems from the politicians' feebleminded attempts to ‘improve’ the public school system through endless testing.’
      • ‘But the element of bad faith in the argument is far worse than the feeble-minded hysteria of its logic.’
    2. 1.2dated (of a person) having less than average intelligence.
      • ‘In 1930s Nazi Germany about 350,000 people, categorized most commonly as feeble-minded, schizophrenic or epileptic, were sterilized.’
      • ‘Even less can he tell his colleagues about it; he would lose his credibility and be considered half feeble-minded.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Through these means they sought to identify groups they classified as ‘mental defectives’ or the feeble-minded, idiots, and imbeciles.’