A "rare" anxiety disorder that typically starts in childhood. It's main trait is being mute in public. But this trait can extend to nonverbal communication as well. Basically social anxiety on drugs.
Child: *has selective mutism*
Parents: Our kid is rude for not talking in public so instead of taking them to therapy let's leave them like this and continue to be upset at them because it must be a choice cause children LOVE not having friends! Lol!
by VioletThePurple April 14, 2021
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Selective mutism is a social anxiety disorder in which a person who is normally capable of speech is unable to speak in given situations.
Paul Jefferson and his nephew Bruce Jones both have selective mutism.
by Caitlin13579 March 20, 2008
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a mental disorder where speaking is hard or physicaly impossible in some situations, places, with certain people..ect..

i have 5 diagnosed GOSH DARN mental disorders that include selective mutism, i can speak but most of the time I can't.
by lYDia THe steGoSAurUS May 13, 2020
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