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[im-paird] /ɪmˈpɛərd/
weakened, diminished, or damaged:
impaired hearing; to rebuild an impaired bridge.
functioning poorly or inadequately:
Consumption of alcohol results in an impaired driver.
deficient or incompetent (usually preceded by an adverb or noun):
morally impaired; sports-impaired.
Origin of impaired
impair + -ed2
Related forms
unimpaired, adjective


[im-pair] /ɪmˈpɛər/
verb (used with object)
to make or cause to become worse; diminish in ability, value, excellence, etc.; weaken or damage:
to impair one's health; to impair negotiations.
verb (used without object)
to grow or become worse; lessen.
Archaic. impairment.
1250-1300; Middle English empairen, empeiren to make worse < Middle French empeirer, equivalent to em- im-1 + peirer to make worse < Late Latin pējōrāre, equivalent to Latin pējōr-, stem of pējor worse + -ā- thematic vowel + -re infinitive suffix; cf. pejorative
Related forms
impairable, adjective
impairer, noun
impairment, noun
nonimpairment, noun
preimpairment, noun
self-impairable, adjective
self-impairing, adjective
unimpairable, adjective
1. See injure.
1. repair. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for impaired
  • Methods of dealing with impaired nurses are becoming less punitive.
  • Even as colleges embrace diversity, simple solutions to help the visually impaired are overlooked.
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  • The best known service dogs are guides for the visually impaired.
  • Weakening eyesight can be sharpened with lenses, and impaired hearing can be improved with aids.
  • One group of people has traditionally been left out of our modern tablet revolution: the visually impaired.
  • Brain injury causes swelling and impaired blood flow, depriving the brain of oxygen.
  • The fact that there is a text-to-speech function would be a great help for visually impaired readers, or those with dyslexia.
  • BA still appears to be making a decent fist of running its impaired service.
  • The fit is slightly loose, not baggy, so riding is not impaired in any way.
British Dictionary definitions for impaired


(transitive) to reduce or weaken in strength, quality, etc: his hearing was impaired by an accident
Derived Forms
impairable, adjective
impairer, noun
impairment, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French empeirer to make worse, from Late Latin pējorāre, from Latin pejor worse; see pejorative
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Word Origin and History for impaired



late 14c., earlier ampayre, apeyre (c.1300), from Old French empeirier (Modern French empirer), from Vulgar Latin *impeiorare "make worse," from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + Late Latin peiorare "make worse" (see pejorative). In reference to driving under the influence of alcohol, first recorded 1951 in Canadian English. Related: Impaired; impairing.

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