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adjective im·paired \-ˈperd\

Definition of impaired

  1. :  being in a less than perfect or whole condition: as a :  disabled or functionally defective —often used in combination <hearing-impaired> b :  intoxicated by alcohol or narcotics <driving while impaired>



Examples of impaired in a sentence

  1. <driving while impaired is against the law>

  2. <special devices for sight-impaired visitors>



1582

First Known Use of impaired

1582


Medical Dictionary

impaired

adjective im·paired

Medical Definition of impaired

  1. :  being in a less than perfect or whole condition: asa:  disabled or functionally defective—often used in combination <hearing-impaired>b:  intoxicated by alcohol or narcotics <driving while impaired>






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