Definition of Mutism

1. Noun. The condition of being unable or unwilling to speak. "Her muteness was a consequence of her deafness"

Exact synonyms: Muteness
Generic synonyms: Condition, Status
Specialized synonyms: Deaf-muteness, Deaf-mutism
Derivative terms: Mute, Mute



Definition of Mutism

1. n. The condition, state, or habit of being mute, or without speech.

Definition of Mutism

1. Noun. A psychological disorder in which the sufferer cannot speak in certain situations. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Mutism

1. muteness [n -S] - See also: muteness

Medical Definition of Mutism

1. Inability or refusal to speak. Origin: L. Mutus = unable to speak, inarticulate This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mutism

mutineers
mutines
muting
mutings
mutinied
mutinies
mutining
mutinous
mutinously
mutinousness
mutinousnesses
mutiny
mutinying
mutis
mutisia
mutism (current term)
mutisms
muton
mutons
mutoscope
mutoscopes
muts
mutt
mutter
mutter paneer
muttered
mutterer
mutterers
muttering
mutteringly

Literary usage of Mutism

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1. Diseases of the nose, throat and ear: Medical and Surgical by William Lincoln Ballenger (1908)
"Mygind very tersely expresses the present status of our knowledge on this point in the following words: "Deaf-mutism is comparatively frequent among the ..."

2. Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology: Including Many of the Principal by James Mark Baldwin (1901)
"Deaf-mutism, while signifying the combined presence of a defect in hearing and an inability to speak, more precisely refers to the condition in which ..."

3. American Annals of the Deaf by Conference of Executives of American Schools for the Deaf (1911)
"This was the need of endeavor to diminish the number of deaf children requiring special education by the application of eugenic principles to deaf-mutism in ..."

4. Buying Options: Wall Street on a Shoestring by Antony Rodolakis, Nicholas Tetrick (1860)
"I. THE DISEASES PRODUCING DEAF-mutism. i On the causes producing ... Of the causes of acquired deaf-mutism a more accurate estimate may be formed. ..."

5. Diseases of the Ear by Philip Davie Kerrison (1913)
"THE TERM deaf-mutism is properly applied only to the condition of individuals who, ... According to these differences of origin, deaf-mutism is spoken of as ..."

6. Vital Statistics: A Memorial Volume of Selections from the Reports and by William Farr (1885)
"The causes of congenital mutism have engaged the attention of eminent physiologists and pathologists, bnt they are still enveloped in much obscurity. ..."

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