Definition of Impairment

1. Noun. The occurrence of a change for the worse.

Exact synonyms: Damage, Harm
Generic synonyms: Alteration, Change, Modification
Specialized synonyms: Detriment, Hurt, Deformation, Distortion, Ladder, Ravel, Run
Derivative terms: Damage, Harm, Impair

2. Noun. A symptom of reduced quality or strength.
Exact synonyms: Deterioration
Generic synonyms: Decay
Specialized synonyms: Corrosion, Desolation, Devastation, Decrepitude, Dilapidation, Wear
Derivative terms: Deteriorate, Deteriorate

3. Noun. The condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness. "Hearing impairment"

4. Noun. Damage that results in a reduction of strength or quality.
Generic synonyms: Damage, Harm, Hurt, Scathe
Derivative terms: Impair

5. Noun. The act of making something futile and useless (as by routine).
Exact synonyms: Constipation, Deadening, Stultification
Generic synonyms: Debasement, Degradation
Derivative terms: Deaden, Deaden

Definition of Impairment

1. n. The state of being impaired; injury.

Definition of Impairment

1. Noun. The result of being impaired; a deterioration or weakening; a disability or handicap; an inefficient part or factor. ¹

2. Noun. (accounting) A downward revaluation, a write-down. ¹

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Definition of Impairment

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Medical Definition of Impairment

1. A physical or mental defect at the level of a body system or organ. The official WHO definition is: any loss or abnormality of psychological, physiological or anatomical structure or function. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Impairment

impaired glucose tolerance
impairment (current term)
impala lily

Literary usage of Impairment

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1. Commentaries on the Law of Contracts: Being a Consideration of the Nature William Frederick Elliott by William Frederick Elliott (1913)
"impairment by imposition of personal liability on stockholders for corporate debts ' ... impairment of contracts by statutes authorizing the condemnation of ..."

2. Healthy People 2000: National Health Promotion & Disease Prevention by DIANE Publishing Company (2004)
"Significant hearing impairment is defined as having hearing thresholds for speech poorer ... 17.6 Prevalence of hearing impairment Disability due to hearing ..."

3. On concussion of the spine by John Eric Erichsen (1882)
"LECTURE X. impairment OF VISION COMPLICATING INJURIES OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM. ... The impairment of vision that arises from simple concussion of the eyeball ..."

4. Select Cases on the Law of Torts: With Notes, and a Summary of Principles by John Henry Wigmore (1912)
"Partial Intrusion or impairment (Trespass, Case). The right protects against any partial ... impairment of affluent clements (air, water, electricity, etc. ..."

5. Obscure diseases of the brain and mind by Forbes Benignus Winslow (1866)
"... brain disease—Case of brain disease without impairment of intellect—Muscular tremors symptomatic of brain disease—Irregular muscular action—Morbid want ..."

6. The Women's Health and Aging Study: Health and Social Characteristics of edited by Jack M. Guralnik, Linda P. Fried, Eleanor M. Simonsick, Judith D. Kasper, Mary E. Lafferty (1996)
"The Baltimore Eye Survey (Tielsch et al., 1990) reported crude prevalence rates of visual impairment (acuity less than 20/60 in the better eye) of 0.6 ..."

7. Cyclopedia of the Law of Private Corporations by William Meade Fletcher (1919)
"impairment of contract of exemption—In general. A corporate charter is a contract within the meaning of the clause of the Federal Constitution which ..."

8. A Treatise Upon the Law of Eminent Domain by Henry Edmund Mills (1879)
"impairment of private contracts. 88. Interference with rights secured by ... impairment of the enjoyment of a franchise, and regulation of the uae of it. ..."

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