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re•tar•da•tion



Pronunciation: (rē"tär-dā'shun), [key]
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,re•tard•mentPronunciation: (ri-tärd'munt). [key]

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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