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im·pair

 (ĭm-pâr′)
tr.v. im·paired, im·pair·ing, im·pairs
To cause to weaken, be damaged, or diminish, as in quality: an injury that impaired my hearing; a severe storm impairing communications.

[Middle English empairen, from Old French empeirer, from Vulgar Latin *impēiōrāre : Latin in-, causative pref.; see in-2 + Latin pēior, worse; see ped- in Indo-European roots.]

im·pair′ment n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.impairment - the occurrence of a change for the worseimpairment - the occurrence of a change for the worse
alteration, change, modification - an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another; "the change was intended to increase sales"; "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"; "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"
detriment, hurt - a damage or loss
deformation, distortion - a change for the worse
ravel, ladder, run - a row of unravelled stitches; "she got a run in her stocking"
2.impairment - a symptom of reduced quality or strength
decay - an inferior state resulting from the process of decaying; "the corpse was in an advanced state of decay"; "the house had fallen into a serious state of decay and disrepair"
corrosion - a state of deterioration in metals caused by oxidation or chemical action
desolation, devastation - the state of being decayed or destroyed
decrepitude, dilapidation - a state of deterioration due to old age or long use
wear - impairment resulting from long use; "the tires showed uneven wear"
3.impairment - the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitnessimpairment - the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness; "reading disability"; "hearing impairment"
bandy leg, bandyleg, bowleg, genu varum, tibia vara, bow leg - a leg bowed outward at the knee (or below the knee)
anorgasmia - absence of an orgasm in sexual relations
dysphasia - an impairment of language (especially speech production) that is usually due to brain damage
unfitness, softness - poor physical condition; being out of shape or out of condition (as from a life of ease and luxury)
disability of walking - a disability that interferes with or prevents walking
astasia - inability to stand due to muscular incoordination
amputation - a condition of disability resulting from the loss of one or more limbs
hearing disorder, hearing impairment - impairment of the sense of hearing
dysomia - impairment of the sense of smell
vision defect, visual defect, visual disorder, visual impairment - impairment of the sense of sight
descensus, prolapse, prolapsus - the slipping or falling out of place of an organ (as the uterus)
hypesthesia, hypoesthesia - impairment of tactile sensitivity; decrease of sensitivity
genu valgum, knock-knee, tibia valga - an inward slant of the thigh
pigeon toes - disability in which the toes are turned inward; often associated with knock-knee
bandy legs, bow leg, bow legs - outward curvature of the legs
disintegration - a loss (or serious disruption) of organization in some system; "a disintegration of personality"
4.impairment - damage that results in a reduction of strength or quality
scathe, damage, harm, hurt - the act of damaging something or someone
5.impairment - the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine)
degradation, debasement - changing to a lower state (a less respected state)

impairment

noun disability, disorder, defect, complaint, ailment, affliction, malady, disablement, infirmity He has a visual impairment in his right eye.

impairment

noun
An act, instance, or consequence of breaking:
Translations
إضْعاف
zhoršení
skadesvækkelse
megrongálódásrongálódás
skaîi; hrönun
boz mazarar verme

impairment

[ɪmˈpɛəmənt] N (physical, mental) → discapacidad f; (= deterioration) → deterioro m

impairment

[ɪmˈpɛərmənt] nhandicap m
a visual impairment → un handicap visuel

impairment

n
no pl (= weakening: of judgement, mental functions) → Beeinträchtigung f
(= defect)Schaden m; hearing/visual impairmentHör-/Sehschaden m; speech or language impairmentSprachfehler m

impair

(imˈpeə) verb
to damage, weaken or make less good. He was told that smoking would impair his health.
imˈpairment noun

impairment

n discapacidad f, trastorno, deficiencia, pérdida; hearing — discapacidad auditiva
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Although Driscoll was a freethinker and Howard a strong and determined Presbyterian, their warm intimacy suffered no impairment in consequence.
A bad rippling, any serious accidental or temporary impairment of the faculties, meant swift death.
But there was really not impairment of my constitution, and after a while I began to be better, and little by little the health which has never since failed me under any reasonable stress of work established itself.
The court further softened the blow by holding that the plaintiffs impairments need not be permanent to meet its standard.
to support people with sensory impairments to live healthy and active lives;
People with mobility impairments under age 65 have significantly higher rates of smoking than those without mobility impairments, the findings showed.
This suggests an even bigger discrepancy between the book value and fair value of long-lived assets, because impairments of goodwill are often accompanied by impairments of other long-lived assets.
Approximately $51 billion of goodwill impairments were recorded by U.
This report also includes three impairments for 2011, two Florida automobile insurers and a California workers' compensation insurer.
Researchers found the prevalence of such sensory impairments to be highest among farm operators, mechanics and motor vehicle operators, with farm operators and managers reporting the highest levels of vision and hearing impairments.
The number of goodwill impairments has increased dramatically in correlation with the plunge in stock prices in 2008, according to a new TS Insights report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
Abstract: This study compared the use of computers and telephones by preadolescent and adolescent students with visual impairments and those with other disabilities using data from the Special Education Elementary Longitudinal Study and the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2.