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imbecile | imbecilic | imbecility

imbecile imbecilic imbecility
A person of below-average intelligence
  • How to Memorize
    • imbecile - fool
  • Analysis

    ‘Imbecile’ is a formal, disapproving word that was once considered highly offensive as it was used to describe a person with an intellectual disability. However, it has since been adapted to refer to somebody who you regard as being foolish or behaving as such. More common in a professional context.

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  • Example(s)
    1. You don’t need to shout and repeat yourself to make your point to me. I’m not an imbecile.

    2. Continuing to expand the business instead of consolidating what we already had was strategically an imbecilic thing to do.

    3. Steve must be removed from such a pivotal position. His imbecility has cost us too many times already.