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impaired Line breaks: im|paired
Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpɛːd/

Definition of impaired in English:


1Weakened or damaged: an impaired banking system
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  • Responsible redevelopment can transform environmentally impaired property into productive assets.
  • The paper estimates the average cost for various states of impaired health.
  • Organizations have difficulty in recovering past knowledge or skills, resulting in an impaired culture.
1.1North American Affected by alcohol or drugs to the extent of losing control over one’s faculties or behaviour: impaired driving charges
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  • She faces charges of driving while impaired, careless driving, and speeding.
  • He had been convicted on his eighth impaired driving charge while driving a stolen car, his 18th possession of stolen property conviction.
  • Drunk and impaired drivers have to be kept off the road because other people's lives are at stake.
2 [in combination] Having a disability of a specified kind: sight-impaired children
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  • The newly constructed $16 million development is comprised of 82 one-bedroom and 18 two-bedroom apartments, 10 of which are fully accessible, including two units with features for sensory-impaired adults.
  • The feature is geared towards motor-impaired users who have trouble touching on-screen controls.
  • Vision-impaired skiers rely heavily on other senses, with hearing and feel, especially of the ground under their feet, particularly important.

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