- the state of being diminished, weakened, or damaged, especially mentally or physically: cognitive impairment in older adults.
Origin of impairment
Examples from the Web for impairment
A more precise association of THC levels and degrees of impairment are not yet available.Congress Harshes Stoned Drivers’ Mellow
July 31, 2014
Yet in this case, the degree of impairment seems to have been similar on both sides.Sex, Booze, and Feminism
February 22, 2014
In general, the disabled folks are vulnerable to exploitation, in part because of the nature of their impairment.Philly's Terrified Basement Prisoners
October 16, 2011
As a group, no overall statistically significant improvement or impairment was seen as a result of taking Adderall.Busting the Adderall Myth
December 21, 2010
But without any evidence of impairment, the FHP had no choice but to give Woods a routine traffic citation.The Tiger Coverup
May 3, 2010
In every instance there is an impairment of natural nervous force.The Action of Medicines in the System
Frederick William Headland
He cannot, however, advance any other cause of this impairment than abnormal heat.
Pain or impairment of function indicate removal after convalescence.Gunshot Roentgenograms
Clyde S. Ford
By nature, women should be more subject to impairment of voice than men.The Voice
Frank E. Miller
The impairment does not, however, amount to absolute blindness.
Word Origin and History for impairment
mid-14c., emparement, from Old French empeirement, from empeirier (see impair). Re-Latinized spelling is from 1610s.
- Weakening, damage, or deterioration, especially as a result of injury or disease.