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adjective im·paired \im-ˈperd\

Definition of impaired

  1. :  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

  1. driving while impaired is against the law

  2. special devices for sight-impaired visitors

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First Known Use of impaired

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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-impairedb:  intoxicated by alcohol or narcotics driving while impaired





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