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 for impairment
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Impairment \Im*pair"ment\, n. [OE. enpeirement, OF. empirement.]
     The state, act, or process of being impaired; injury. "The
     impairment of my health." --Dryden.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the occurrence of a change for the worse [syn: damage,
           harm, impairment]
      2: a symptom of reduced quality or strength [syn:
         deterioration, impairment]
      3: the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of
         physical or mental unfitness; "reading disability"; "hearing
         impairment" [syn: disability, disablement, handicap,
      4: damage that results in a reduction of strength or quality
      5: the act of making something futile and useless (as by
         routine) [syn: stultification, constipation,
         impairment, deadening]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  72 Moby Thesaurus words for "impairment":
     adulteration, attrition, curtailment, cut, cutting, damage,
     debilitation, decrease, decrement, defectibility, defectiveness,
     deficiency, depletion, depreciation, derogation, deterioration,
     detraction, detriment, diminution, dip, disadvantage,
     disparagement, drawback, enfeeblement, erroneousness, extraction,
     fallibility, faultiness, flaw, handicap, harm, hurt, immaturity,
     imperfection, impurity, inaccuracy, inadequacy, inadequateness,
     incompleteness, inexactitude, inexactness, injury, lack, lessening,
     liability, loss, loss of ground, marring, mediocrity, mischief,
     patchiness, prejudice, reduction, remission, retraction,
     retrenchment, shortage, shortcoming, shortening, shrinkage,
     sketchiness, step backward, truncation, undermining, undevelopment,
     unevenness, unperfectedness, unsoundness, vitiation, want,
     weakening, worsening

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