autistic

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Differences in activity between autistic (yellow) and non-autistic brains.

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From autism +‎ -istic or +‎ -ic. First attested in 1913. The modern clinical sense is first used in 1943 by Leo Kanner.

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autistic (comparative more autistic, superlative most autistic)

  1. Having autism, or pertaining to autism.
  2. (now pejorative, offensive and medically obsolete) Socially inept and self-absorbed.

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autistic (plural autistics)

  1. A person who has autism.
    • 2006, Alan Griswold, Autistic Symphony
      If our definition of empathy were to require we take the human cognitive norm (overwhelmingly influenced by neurotypical cognition) as the absolute standard by which to measure empathy, then indeed we would have to conclude autistics do not instinctively possess a good sense of empathy.

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