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Retardation   /ritɑrdˈeɪʃən/   Listen
Retardation

noun
1.
A decrease in rate of change.  Synonyms: deceleration, slowing.
2.
The extent to which something is delayed or held back.
3.
Any agent that retards or delays or hinders.  Synonyms: retardant, retardent.
4.
Lack of normal development of intellectual capacities.  Synonyms: backwardness, mental retardation, slowness, subnormality.
5.
The act of slowing down or falling behind.  Synonyms: lag, slowdown.






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"Retardation" Quotes from Famous Books



... travels with the speed of light, being maintained during the steady-motion period by a sort of inertia as if in accordance with the first law of motion, and being destroyed only by a return pulse of re-radiation during a retardation-period when the moving charge is stopped or diverted or reversed—all this can hardly be fully explained until the intimate nature of an electric charge has been more fully worked out; and the subject now trenches too nearly on the more advanced parts of Physics to be useful ...
— Life and Matter - A Criticism of Professor Haeckel's 'Riddle of the Universe' • Oliver Lodge



Words linked to "Retardation" :   mental deficiency, postponement, slowdown, stupidity, time lag, abnormality, holdup, acceleration, modification, slowness, wait, slowing, delay, idiocy, agent, change, moronity, retard, imbecility, amentia, alteration, mental defectiveness, hold, lag



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