im·​pair·​ment im-ˈper-mənt How to pronounce impairment (audio)
plural impairments
: the act of impairing something or the state or condition of being impaired : diminishment or loss of function or ability
… it does not help reverse the impairment of cognitive activity caused by diazepam …Corby Kummer
Trichloroethylene has been classified by EPA as a probable human carcinogen, although its primary effect is impairment of the central nervous system.Chemical & Engineering News
Persons with hearing impairments can now get information about local parks and their facilities by calling the recently installed TDD phone numbers within the Parks Department.Maryland Magazine
Studies show that roughly 11 percent of all kindergarteners have speech or language impairmentsThe Springfield (Massachusetts) Union-News

Examples of impairment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Additionally, the presence of amyloid plaques does not always align with cognitive impairment. Sandra Rose Salathe, Flow Space, 26 June 2024 Client had significant mental health issues that could have been confused with signs of impairment by substances. Lourdes Casanova, Sun Sentinel, 26 June 2024 Prenatal alcohol exposure can cause eye problems, hearing, speech and language disorders, developmental delays and cognitive impairment. Jennifer Brookland, Detroit Free Press, 24 June 2024 For the study, researchers relied on participants to report on any memory loss or cognitive impairment experienced by their parents. Lisa Rapaport,, 18 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for impairment 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of impairment was in the 14th century

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“Impairment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

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