impaired


adjective

  1. weakened, diminished, or damaged: impaired hearing; to rebuild an impaired bridge.
  2. functioning poorly or inadequately: Consumption of alcohol results in an impaired driver.
  3. deficient or incompetent (usually preceded by an adverb or noun): morally impaired; sports-impaired.

verb (used with object)

  1. 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)

  1. to grow or become worse; lessen.

noun

  1. Archaic. impairment.

verb

  1. (tr) to reduce or weaken in strength, quality, etchis hearing was impaired by an accident
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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