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Definition of "impaired" []

  • Diminished, damaged, or weakened: an impaired sense of smell. (adjective)
  • Functioning poorly or incompetently: a driver so tired as to be impaired. (adjective)
  • Having a physical or mental disability: an impaired child in need of special assistance. (adjective)
  • People who have a physical or mental disability considered as a group: a swimming class for the physically impaired. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "impaired" in a sentence
  • "When these four ladies were killed by convicted impaired driver, Wladyslaw Bilski, only those seasoned in impaired driving cases would be able to predict that he would get off so easily with, a 4 year sentence."
  • "Of course, driving while impaired is and will remain illegal."
  • "In the Democratic Republic of Congo, life for the disabled or physically impaired is wrought with difficulties."