impaired

adjective
im·​paired | \ im-ˈperd How to pronounce impaired (audio) \

Definition of impaired

: 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

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driving while impaired is against the law special devices for sight-impaired visitors
Recent Examples on the Web At the Bank of China, the impaired loan ratio for real estate stood at 4.91% in June, compared with 0.41% a year earlier. Jacky Wong, WSJ, 7 Sep. 2021 Teens and their parents will learn everything from how to change a tire and jump a car battery to the dangers of impaired and distracted driving and how to deal with law enforcement - all in a fun, interactive environment. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 3 Sep. 2021 Ohio troopers also issued 3,289 seatbelt citations and made 545 arrests for impaired driving over Labor Day weekend 2020, according to statistics provided by the Highway Patrol. Olivia Mitchell, cleveland, 2 Sep. 2021 Now, because of the impaired waters listing, these point source polluters are facing a new wave of expensive pollution control upgrades that may do little to keep Green Bay's fish from suffocating in their own water. jsonline.com, 2 Sep. 2021 Visually impaired runner Keula Nidreia Pereira Semedo of Cape Verde and her guide, Manuel Antonio Vaz da Vega, finished fourth in the race. Gabriela Miranda, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2021 Will impaired individuals decline into dementia, like Ron Kirchner? Patrick Hruby, Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2021 She was sentenced in Livingston County in 2017 to up to five years in prison for impaired driving and, separately, for two counts of assaulting a prison employee, according to prison records. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, 13 Aug. 2021 The officer stopped the Solon man, 33, who had his license still suspended on a prior impaired driving conviction, along with several open warrants. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 20 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of impaired

1582, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of impaired was in 1582

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“Impaired.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impaired. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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impaired

adjective
im·​paired | \ im-ˈperd How to pronounce impaired (audio) \

Kids Definition of impaired

: lessened in function or ability visually impaired people

impaired

adjective

Medical Definition of impaired

: 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

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