impaired

adjective

im·​paired im-ˈperd How to pronounce impaired (audio)
: being in an imperfect or weakened state or condition: such as
a
: diminished in function or ability : lacking full functional or structural integrity
Brennan supports the use of corticosteroids in the treatment of inflammation, swelling, pain and impaired joint movement. Stan Bergstein
Finding jobs can be difficult for visually impaired adults. About 70 percent of them are unemployed, the National Federation of the Blind says. Eric Aasen
… some GERD patients have impaired gut motility, meaning that their stomachs empty too slowly. Andrew Weil
b
: unable to function normally or safely (as when operating a motor vehicle) because of intoxication by alcohol or drugs
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is the safety advertisement that restaurants and bars will use to remind patrons of the dangers of driving impaired. Mati Spencer

Example Sentences

driving while impaired is against the law special devices for sight-impaired visitors
Recent Examples on the Web The annual AAA Traffic Safety Awards recognize law enforcement agencies for their exemplary efforts to address issues such as impaired and distracted driving as well as pedestrian safety in the community. cleveland, 21 Nov. 2022 Branford, who is currently suspended, could be struck off the medical register if his fitness to practice is found impaired. Ian Leonard, Fox News, 17 Nov. 2022 For those that are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing or speech-impaired can call the Michigan Relay Center at 711. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 15 Nov. 2022 About 70 percent of the buildings tagged by the city as severely impaired or outright destroyed were on or very near the coastline. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, 28 Oct. 2022 The sheriff’s office will use the funding for two enforcement programs: selective traffic and impaired driving. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, 13 Oct. 2022 But about a year later, an anonymous tip led to state and federal investigation, the filing of criminal charges, and ultimately Vaught’s conviction in March of criminally negligent homicide and abuse of an impaired adult. Carolyn Barber, Fortune, 17 June 2022 Vaught, 38, was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and gross neglect of an impaired adult in March. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 14 May 2022 Vaught was found guilty in March of criminally negligent homicide and gross neglect of an impaired adult. Sarah Rumpf, Fox News, 14 May 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'impaired.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of impaired was in 1582

Dictionary Entries Near impaired

Cite this Entry

“Impaired.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impaired. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

impaired

adjective

im·​paired -ˈpa(ə)rd How to pronounce impaired (audio)
-ˈpe(ə)rd
1
a
: functioning in a defective or less than perfect way
impaired heart action
b
: having a defective physical or mental function
often used in combination
a hearing-impaired person
2
: intoxicated by alcohol or drugs
driving while impaired

Medical Definition

impaired

adjective

: being in an imperfect or weakened state or condition: as
a
: diminished in function or ability : lacking full functional or structural integrity
Brennan supports the use of corticosteroids in the treatment of inflammation, swelling, pain and impaired movement. Stan Bergstein
Finding jobs can be difficult for visually impaired adults. Eric Aasen
b
: unable to function normally or safely (as when operating a motor vehicle) because of intoxication by alcohol or drugs
driving while impaired

More from Merriam-Webster on impaired

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ