impaired

[ im-paird ]
/ ɪmˈpɛərd /

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. impactful,
  2. impaction,
  3. impactite,
  4. impactive,
  5. impair,
  6. impairment,
  7. impala,
  8. impale,
  9. impalement,
  10. impalpable

Origin of impaired


Related formsun·im·paired, adjective

impair

1
[ 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.

noun

Archaic. impairment.

Origin of impair

1
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

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British Dictionary definitions for impaired

impair

/ (ɪmˈpɛə) /

verb

(tr) to reduce or weaken in strength, quality, etchis hearing was impaired by an accident
Derived Formsimpairable, adjectiveimpairer, nounimpairment, noun

Word Origin for impair

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

impair

v.

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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