Meaning of autistic in English:


Pronunciation /ɔːˈtɪstɪk/

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  • Relating to or affected by autism.

    ‘Hayley wants to help other families with autistic children’
    • ‘Cameron is autistic, and this distraction has been fun for him’
    • ‘autistic traits’
    • ‘Almost everyone with Asperger's also fits the profile of the more classic autistic disorder.’
    • ‘I was seeking a novel therapy for my 42-year-old autistic younger brother Noah.’
    • ‘The aim of the study was simply to understand the basic mechanisms causing individual differences in autistic traits in an otherwise typical sample.’
    • ‘You've also been in studies of the parents of autistic children.’
    • ‘The thing everyone wants to talk about is the theme: how to cope with an autistic child.’
    • ‘A mother bemoaned the layoff of the untenured special ed teacher who had taught her autistic child.’
    • ‘The model train's friendly face, with its exaggerated smile, also helps autistic children's understanding of emotion.’
    • ‘Asperger's syndrome is a form of autism used to describe people usually at the higher functioning end of the autistic spectrum.’
    • ‘In Pennsylvania, the search for a missing autistic boy continues.’
    • ‘No distinguishable cluster of events occurred among children hospitalized for autistic disorders.’
    • ‘Now two groups have independently reported abnormalities of blood flow in the temporal lobes of autistic children.’
    • ‘Transformed here into a gawky, convincing autistic individual, she is mesmerizing.’
    • ‘In facilitated communication a "facilitator" holds the hand of an autistic partner who types messages on a keyboard.’
    • ‘In the study, a total of 26 autistic children received an individual programme tailored to their own needs.’
    • ‘Back then, David, who is severely autistic, was well enough to go to the park with his twin sister Ali.’
    • ‘Whether we are autistic or not, everyone should treat others with respect.’


  • A person affected by autism.

    ‘Despite the Disability Discrimination Act, little has been done to help make society more accessible for autistics.’
    • ‘The government has done little to improve access for autistics, or to change negative attitudes towards us.’
    • ‘In autistics, body mercury load is not directly reflected in results from hair analysis.’
    • ‘Rather, there is a distinctive intellectual style that characterizes autistics.’
    • ‘This would help explain the 'savant' abilities some autistics display.’
    • ‘Lou had the advantages of new childhood therapies that have allowed at least some autistics of his generation to lead independent lives.’
    • ‘They found a peptide in urine from autistics that increased platelet content of serotonin, which is also a common finding in autism.’
    • ‘The hypothesis is that autistics fail at holistic processing of an image, instead remaining focused on its individual parts.’
    • ‘His more complete understanding of his fellow autistics is presented well, whilst many of the unconscious habits of the rest of us are exposed.’
    • ‘To be frank, it makes me quite angry that little has been done to address the challenges autistics face.’
    • ‘That was one of the explanations for autistics who possess various incredible mental abilities.’
    • ‘Amanda has learned to recognize her body's limits, but also her intense need to be around other autistics.’
    • ‘At least two-thirds of autistics have abnormal amino acid levels, as measured in 24-hour urine or lasting blood plasma.’
    • ‘He works as part of a group of autistics of his own generation, now all over 30, who excel in pattern matching, a skill which makes them useful employees.’
    • ‘Indeed, some autistics may deal with others so successfully that their autism goes undetected.’
    • ‘Many autistics avoid gluten, because they think it may worsen their symptoms.’
    • ‘Some autistics may be unable to make normal eye movements when looking at other people.’
    • ‘When I have visited autism conferences, there have been exceedingly few research projects devoted to low-functioning adult autistics.’
    • ‘Autistics need not be isolated and withdrawn, able to communicate with others only with great difficulty.’


Early 20th century (originally with reference to a condition in which fantasy dominates over reality, regarded as a symptom of schizophrenia and other disorders): via German autistisch from Greek autos ‘self’ + the adjectival suffix -istic.