The quality or state of being dumb; muteness; silence; inability to speak.
- The state of being dumb (either mute or dim-witted), that is, not communicating vocally, whether from selective mutism or from an inability to speak.
- Muteness, silence; abstention from speech.
- Refusal or unwillingness to speak.
- Show or gesture without words; pantomime; dumb-show.