Meaning of RETARDATION in English


— retardative /ri tahr"deuh tiv/ , retardatory /ri tahr"deuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/ , adj.

/ree'tahr day"sheuhn/ , n.

1. the act of retarding or state of being retarded.

2. something that retards; hindrance.

3. slowness or limitation in intellectual understanding and awareness, emotional development, academic progress, etc.

4. Music. a form of suspension that is resolved upward.

Also, retardment /ri tahrd"meuhnt/ .

[ 1400-50; late ME retardacioun retardation- (s. of retardatio ), equiv. to retardat ( us ) (see RETARD, -ATE 1 ) + -ion- -ION ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .