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English noun: retardation

1. retardation (attribute) a decrease in rate of change

SamplesThe deceleration of the arms race.

Synonymsdeceleration, slowing

Broader (hypernym)alteration, change, modification


2. retardation (time) the extent to which something is delayed or held back

Broader (hypernym)delay, hold, postponement, time lag, wait

3. retardation (object) any agent that retards or delays or hinders


Synonymsretardant, retardent

Broader (hypernym)agent

4. retardation (cognition) lack of normal development of intellectual capacities

Synonymsbackwardness, mental retardation, slowness, subnormality

Broader (hypernym)stupidity

Narrower (hyponym)abnormality, amentia, idiocy, imbecility, mental defectiveness, mental deficiency, moronity

5. retardation (act) the act of slowing down or falling behind

Synonymslag, slowdown

Broader (hypernym)delay, holdup

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