Origin of impaired
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of impair1
Examples from the Web for impaired
Girma realized that law was her best tool to get equal footing for herself and the wider population of impaired Americans.TEDx Talks Have a Disability Problem—but This Incredible Young Woman Is Working to Change That|Nina Strochlic|November 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Without independence, both in fact and in appearance, objectivity is impaired.
As it does so, however, it is impaired and heavily influenced by its own horrific failings of nearly a century ago.Why Europe’s Response to the Cyprus Crisis Has Been Ineffectual|Daniel Gross|March 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
AmEx announced Thursday that its earnings would be impaired by three major charges.American Express Charges Backward, Laying Off 5,400|Daniel Gross|January 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They are, he said, serial huggers who often have impaired relationships with same-sex companions.Jerry Sandusky Trial, Day Six: Dottie Defends Her Man|Diane Dimond|June 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I comprehend, I condone, I judge that you have not impaired your qualifications for your high office.The Unwilling Vestal|Edward Lucas White
I felt confidence in their essential justice, and nothing heard since has impaired that confidence.Charles Sumner; His Complete Works, Volume III (of 20)|Charles Sumner
He had known little but hardship and had come out of it with impaired health.A History of American Literature|Percy H. Boynton
We have to remind ourselves that "it will never do" to let the heartiness of Christmas be impaired.The Feast of St. Friend|Arnold Bennett
It is impaired by permanent inactivity, and becomes less fit to manifest the mental powers with readiness and energy.
Word Origin for impair
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.