Definition of impaired in English:



  • 1Weakened or damaged.

    ‘an impaired banking system’
    • ‘The impaired banking system was encouraged to purchase loads of U.S. Treasuries.’
    • ‘From a systemic point of view, the risk is of only more extreme boom and bust episodes from an increasingly impaired system.’
    • ‘Organizations have difficulty in recovering past knowledge or skills, resulting in an impaired culture.’
    • ‘An impaired credit system and tragically maladjusted economy will simply not for some time allow us "to prosper as we have in the past".’
    • ‘Studies have, for example, linked poor nutrition to impaired learning at school.’
    • ‘This affects their overall development, slows their growth rate, and may result in impaired health.’
    • ‘Responsible redevelopment can transform environmentally impaired property into productive assets.’
    • ‘The paper estimates the average cost for various states of impaired health.’
    • ‘Firms sold off non-viable businesses or impaired assets.’
    1. 1.1North American Affected by alcohol or drugs to the extent of losing control over one's faculties or behaviour.
      ‘impaired driving charges’
      • ‘I have already found, as a fact, she knew of his background and his problems related to alcohol, including the impaired driving charges.’
      • ‘The IDA was developed to collect detailed, meaningful drinking and driving information that could further the study of alcohol use and impaired driving.’
      • ‘Similarly, all motorists know that driving after consuming alcohol increases the risk of crashing, but billions of trips are taken each year by alcohol impaired drivers worldwide.’
      • ‘He was arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She faces charges of driving while impaired, careless driving, and speeding.’
  • 2in combination Having a disability of a specified kind.

    ‘sight-impaired children’
    • ‘The feature is geared towards motor-impaired users who have trouble touching on-screen controls.’
    • ‘Vision-impaired people rely on the announcements because they can't read information displayed on boards.’
    • ‘Guide dogs for blind or vision-impaired people are a common sight on the streets, shops and public transport - about 240 working dogs are specially trained.’
    • ‘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 new community features progressive design elements that cater specifically to memory-impaired residents.’
    • ‘In your former life you were an educator who taught math to language-impaired kids.’
    • ‘Make sure that doorways are wide enough to accommodate different mobility aids, and that the rooms have sufficient space for mobility-impaired people to move around.’
    • ‘Vision-impaired skiers rely heavily on other senses, with hearing and feel, especially of the ground under their feet, particularly important.’