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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Impair \Im*pair"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Impaired; p. pr. & vb.
n. Impairing.] [Written also empair.] [OE. empeiren,
enpeiren, OF. empeirier, empirier, F. empirer, LL.
impejorare; L. pref. im- in + pejorare to make worse, fr.
pejor worse. Cf. Appair.]
To make worse; to diminish in quantity, value, excellence, or
strength; to deteriorate; as, to impair health, character,
the mind, value.
Time sensibly all things impairs. --Roscommon.
In years he seemed, but not impaired by years. --Pope.
Syn: To diminish; decrease; injure; weaken; enfeeble;
debilitate; reduce; debase; deteriorate.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adj 1: diminished in strength, quality, or utility; "impaired
eyesight" [ant: unimpaired]
2: mentally or physically unfit [syn: afflicted, impaired]
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
76 Moby Thesaurus words for "impaired":
adulterated, aggravated, blemished, broken, burned, burst, busted,
checked, chipped, cracked, crazed, cut, damaged, defective,
deficient, deteriorated, embittered, erroneous, exacerbated,
fallible, faulty, flawed, found wanting, harmed, hurt, immature,
imperfect, imprecise, impure, in bits, in pieces, in shards,
inaccurate, inadequate, incomplete, inexact, injured, irritated,
lacerated, lacking, makeshift, mangled, marred, mediocre, mixed,
mutilated, not perfect, off, partial, patchy, rent, ruptured,
scalded, scorched, shattered, short, sketchy, slashed, slit,
smashed, split, spoiled, sprung, the worse for, torn, undeveloped,
uneven, unfinished, unperfected, unsound, unthorough, wanting,
weakened, worse, worse off, worsened
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