mental age
noun Date: 1910 a measure used in psychological testing that expresses an individual's mental attainment in terms of the number of years it takes an average child to reach the same level

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  • mental age — n a measure used in psychological testing that expresses an individual s mental attainment in terms of the number of years it takes an average child to reach the same level * * * a measure of the intellectual level at which an individual… …   Medical dictionary

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  • mental age — noun count usually singular TECHNICAL a measure of intelligence based on the average intelligence of a child of a particular age: Bentley was 19, with a mental age of 11 …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • mental age — mental ages N COUNT: usu sing A person s mental age is the age which they are considered to have reached in their ability to think or reason …   English dictionary

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  • mental age — Psychol. the level of native mental ability or capacity of an individual, usually as determined by an intelligence test, in relation to the chronological age of the average individual at this level: a ten year old child with the mental age of a… …   Universalium

  • mental age — noun the level of intellectual development as measured by an intelligence test • Hypernyms: ↑age * * * noun, pl ⋯ ages [count] technical : a measurement of a person s ability to think and understand that is expressed as the age at which an… …   Useful english dictionary

  • mental age — UK / US noun [countable, usually singular] Word forms mental age : singular mental age plural mental ages a measure of intelligence based on the average intelligence of a child of a particular age Bentley was 19, with a mental age of 11 …   English dictionary

  • mental age — /ˈmɛntl eɪdʒ/ (say mentl ayj) noun the degree of mental development or intelligence of an individual in comparison with the average intelligence of normal children at different ages. It is determined by a graded series of tests, in the form of… …   Australian English dictionary

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