[im-pair-muh nt]


the state of being diminished, weakened, or damaged, especially mentally or physically: cognitive impairment in older adults.

Nearby words

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

Origin of impairment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for impairment



mid-14c., emparement, from Old French empeirement, from empeirier (see impair). Re-Latinized spelling is from 1610s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for impairment




Weakening, damage, or deterioration, especially as a result of injury or disease.
Related formsim•pair v.

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