mental handicap

mental handicap
delayed or incomplete intellectual development combined with some form of social malfunction, such as educational or occupational failure or inability to look after oneself. Good education alters the course of the handicap, for which the term learning disability (or difficulty) is now widely used. See also mental retardation.

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