Definition of impaired
: being in an imperfect or weakened state or condition: such asa : 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 Weilb : unable to function normally or safely (as when operating a motor vehicle) because of intoxication by alcohol or drugs Drive Sover 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
Examples of impaired in a Sentence
driving while impaired is against the law
special devices for sight-impaired visitors
Recent Examples of impaired from the Web
That usually means impaired adults and babies who should never sleep anywhere other than alone, on their backs and in a crib free of blankets or pillows.
The other impaired drivers were booked on drug charges, a Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said.
The obvious explanation for this effect—that mice with impaired olfaction were eating less—turned out to be wrong.
The chase began about 12:10 a.m when Meridian police spotted what appeared to be an impaired driver and pulled the SUV over on South Main Street near Watertower Street.
State police in Virginia and Maryland, along with other local police departments, plan to increase patrols on state and local highways, set up checkpoints and conduct saturation patrols to target impaired drivers.
AAA is offering free towing services over the July 4th holiday to keep impaired drivers off the road.
In 2012, her hearing-impaired students drew media attention by creating an opera.
Studies have shown impaired smell to be even stronger than memory problems as a predictor of cognitive decline in currently healthy adults.
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First Known Use of impaired
Medical Definition of impaired
: being in a less than perfect or whole condition: asa: disabled or functionally defective—often used in combination hearing-impairedb: intoxicated by alcohol or narcotics driving while impaired
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