Meaning of dyspraxia in English:


Pronunciation /dɪsˈpraksɪə/


mass nounMedicine
  • Difficulty in performing coordinated movements, often associated with a neurodevelopmental condition in children (developmental coordination disorder).

    ‘The seven-year-old child suffers from dyslexia, dyspraxia and attention deficit disorder, and his mother says she is furious at the way he was treated.’
    • ‘The Oaklands unit is also open to those with more serious learning difficulties like dyspraxia and dyslexia.’
    • ‘They have built ‘a delightful, heartening oasis for average to bright children hindered by dyslexia or dyspraxia, who require an intimate, industrious and caring environment.’’
    • ‘He's bright, but needs full-time 1 to 1 support because of his social communication and language disorder, auditory processing disorder and dyspraxia.’
    • ‘Hannah has verbal dyspraxia and also a rare neuronal migration, which mean she has difficulty in speaking and is between 18 months and two years behind the expected levels for her age group.’


Early 20th century from Greek dus- ‘bad or difficult’ + praxis ‘action’.