I submit that the negative feature in this adds nothing to the definition. In that lies the difficulty, and the provision would be very much clearer if the words "not amounting to imbecility" were struck out. The provision would then read:
"feeble-minded persons" means persons In whose case there exists from birth or from an early age mental defectiveness so pronounced that they require care, supervision and control for their own protection or for the protection of others.
Subtopic: CRIMINAL CODE AMENDMENT