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RETARDATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does retardation mean? 

RETARDATION (noun)
  The noun RETARDATION has 5 senses:

1. a decrease in rate of change
2. the extent to which something is delayed or held back
3. any agent that retards or delays or hinders
4. lack of normal development of intellectual capacities
5. the act of slowing down or falling behind

  Familiarity information: RETARDATION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


RETARDATION (noun)


Sense 1retardation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A decrease in rate of change

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

deceleration; retardation; slowing

Context example:

the deceleration of the arms race

Hypernyms ("retardation" is a kind of...):

alteration; change; modification (an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another)


Sense 2retardation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The extent to which something is delayed or held back

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Hypernyms ("retardation" is a kind of...):

delay; hold; postponement; time lag; wait (time during which some action is awaited)


Sense 3retardation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any agent that retards or delays or hinders

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

retardant; retardent; retardation

Context example:

flame-retardant

Hypernyms ("retardation" is a kind of...):

agent (an active and efficient cause; capable of producing a certain effect)


Sense 4retardation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lack of normal development of intellectual capacities

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

mental retardation; backwardness; subnormality; slowness; retardation

Hypernyms ("retardation" is a kind of...):

stupidity (a poor ability to understand or to profit from experience)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "retardation"):

abnormality; mental defectiveness (retardation sufficient to fall outside the normal range of intelligence)

mental deficiency; moronity (mild mental retardation)

amentia; idiocy (extreme mental retardation)

imbecility (retardation more severe than a moron but not as severe as an idiot)


Sense 5retardation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of slowing down or falling behind

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

lag; slowdown; retardation

Hypernyms ("retardation" is a kind of...):

delay; holdup (the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time)


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