Synonyms of retarded


1. mentally retarded, retarded, developmentally challenged, people

usage: people collectively who are mentally retarded; "he started a school for the retarded"


1. retard, decelerate, slow down

usage: cause to move more slowly or operate at a slower rate; "This drug will retard your heart rate"

2. retard, be

usage: be delayed

3. check, retard, delay, change, alter, modify

usage: slow the growth or development of; "The brain damage will retard the child's language development"

4. decelerate, slow, slow down, slow up, retard, decrease, diminish, lessen, fall

usage: lose velocity; move more slowly; "The car decelerated"


1. retarded (vs. precocious), backward, half-witted, slow-witted, feebleminded, imbecile, imbecilic, idiotic, moronic, cretinous, delayed, dim-witted, simple, simple-minded, unintelligent#1, stupid

usage: relatively slow in mental or emotional or physical development; "providing a secure and sometimes happy life for the retarded"

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Definition and meaning of retarded (Dictionary)