imbecile

The Correct spelling is: imbecile

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  • n.
    1. A stupid or silly person; a dolt.
    2. A person whose mental acumen is well below par.
    3. A person of moderate to severe mental retardation having a mental age of from three to seven years and generally being capable of some degree of communication and performance of simple tasks under supervision. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.
    adj. also im·be·cil·ic (ĭm'bə-sĭl'ĭk)
    1. Stupid; silly.
    2. Well below par in mental acumen.

    [From obsolete French imbécille, weak, feeble, from Old French, from Latin imbēcillus : in-, not; see in–1 + possibly bacillum, staff, diminutive of baculum, rod.]

    imbecilely im'be·cile·ly adv.


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