Stupidity


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STUPIDITY, med. jur. That state of the mind which cannot perceive and embrace the data presented to it by the senses; and therefore the stupid person can, in general, form no correct judgment. It is a want of the perceptive powers. Ray, Med. Jur. c. 3, Sec. 40. Vide Imbecility.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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In direct proportion to the white man's stupidity is his success in farming the world--"
He seemed suddenly to have relapsed into his wonted state of dense stupidity.
I found nothing but stupidity, except for business.
The record of your stupidity is there in the books, your own books that you never read.
When, however, they began to pass into a new region, his old fears of stupidity and in- competence reassailed him, but this time he dog- gedly let them babble.
The stupidity of that wandering stare had a paralysing power.
"Why, at Bing's, the curio-dealer," said the other with an air of the heaviest possible stupidity. And yet there was something in these few words which seemed to imply that if Mr.
We are all of us born in moral stupidity, taking the world as an udder to feed our supreme selves: Dorothea had early begun to emerge from that stupidity, but yet it had been easier to her to imagine how she would devote herself to Mr.
Vasili Andreevich shook his head disapprovingly at what Nikita was doing, as in general he disapproved of the peasant's stupidity and lack of education, and he began to settle himself down for the night.
It was all her stupidity!' he thought, recalling his unloved wife, and he rolled over into his old place at the front part of the sledge.
Among the curious developments of human stupidity which occasionally present themselves to view, surely the least excusable is the stupidity which, to this day, persists in wondering why the Scotch succeed so well in life!
Merriam-Webster defines stupidity as "given to unintelligent decisions or acts; acting in an unintelligent or careless manner".