1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Imbecile
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IMBECILE (through the French from imbecillus or imbecillis, weak, feeble; of unknown origin), weak or feeble, particularly in mind. The term "imbecility" is used conventionally of a condition of mental degeneration less profound than "idiocy" (see Insanity).