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DEAF, DUMB, AND BLIND. A man born deaf, dumb, and blind, is considered an idiot. (q.v.) 1 Bl. Com. 304; F. N. B. 233; 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 2111.

DUMB. One who cannot speak; a person who is mute. See Deaf and dumb, Deaf, dumb, and blind; Mute, standing mute.

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Simon Eccles, chairman of the BMA's junior doctors committee, said: "There is an increasing fear that medical training is being dumbed down.
This pre-eminence as a writer, or more specifically compiler, rather than practitioner, is duly confirmed by his own building endeavours which were few in number and quickly dumbed down from the Czech-inspired white cuboids of Torilla and Shangri-La into a workaday bricky pragmatism of quite stunning banality, with flat roofs that began leaking soon after completion.
PROVING that the BBC hasn't dumbed down completely, the powers that be at Broadcasting House have decided to quiz the masses again.
Is it the candidates who have dumbed down their appeals or are they simply acknowledging that the public has a limited vocabulary?
Water has been commoditized, and the standards dumbed down to benefit large bottlers," says Johnson.
It is striking that many of these sculptures were made during the heyday of Minimalism, when geometric abstraction was dumbed down into simplistic gestalts in turn mystified by theory into supposedly profound meaning.
The show is not dumbed down nor is it so hip that kids can't relate.
They don't need things dumbed down by even dumber presenters.