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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Anyone who has any lingering doubts whether A-levels have been dumbed down or not should compare a recent maths or physics paper with one from, say, the 1970s.
I've been a subscriber since 1945, and find no aspect of the magazine that I consider to have been dumbed down. During 40 years of full-time employment in astrophysical research, I read S&T to keep up with the fields of astronomy and astrophysics outside my own.
LONDON Is British culture being dumbed down? That is the big question perplexing the U.K.'s media elite these days.
Produced by the late painter Roy Lichtenstein and his wife, Jazz-a-Ma-Tazz takes children's songs such as "Skip to My Lou" and puts them in jazz settings in a manner that kids should be able to enjoy but which is not completely "dumbed down" to the point of banality.
They don't need things dumbed down by even dumber presenters.
VERSIONS of two Jane Austen classics re-written for teenagers were released yesterday amid anger from die-hard fans that the classic series has been "dumbed down".
A Birmingham independent school has stopped teaching GCSE maths and science because it believes they have been "dumbed down too far".
The details provoked accusations that the new GCSE maths courses to be taken by the vast majority of pupils from this year will be "dumbed down".
Fears were raised that the UK could run out of quality scientists because school maths and science has been so 'dumbed down'.
Are we being dumbed down? In a week dominated by the results of Big Brother reality TV, is the cult of the celebrity and all things superficial now the order of the day?
The corporation is widely perceived as having declined in quality thanks to a comb in a ti on of repeats, copy cat prog r a mm in g an d "dumbed down" TV.
The news comes after Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy warned that degrees were being dumbed down.