Definition of impairment in English:



mass noun
  • The state or fact of being impaired, especially in a specified faculty.

    ‘a degree of physical or mental impairment’
    count noun ‘a speech impairment’
    • ‘Psychologically he appeared normal today and there was no evident impairment of memory or intellect.’
    • ‘Keep this in mind, particularly if you're feeling any kind of dizziness or hearing impairment.’
    • ‘The patient clearly had marked impairment of cognitive and memory functions.’
    • ‘Speech and language impairment can often fall into the same category.’
    • ‘It includes specialist guides for example, on working with people with brain injuries or visual impairment.’
    • ‘Children may have other disabilities like physical impairment or they may be autistic.’
    • ‘Hearing and visual impairment along with the spasticity of his limbs have not reined in the artist in him.’
    • ‘His ability to sue for lost earning capacity and physical impairment is now right out the window.’
    • ‘None of them were apparently suffering from any disease or health impairment.’
    • ‘The effect was accompanied by memory impairment and high levels of the stress hormone cortisol.’
    • ‘Diagnosing hearing impairment in all infants before the age of six months is the aim of the study.’
    • ‘From an early age, Smith had a serious hearing impairment that made it difficult to understand her speech.’
    • ‘Negative likelihood ratios were zero or close to it, showing no hearing impairment when the test is negative.’
    • ‘Genetic reasons and diseases can cause hearing impairment, according to the doctor.’
    • ‘His head injuries resulted in severe memory loss and general mental impairment.’
    • ‘If he does, he must be suffering from some serious mental impairment.’
    • ‘Depression seems to be a concomitant symptom of cognitive impairment rather than an independent risk factor.’
    • ‘Later, it was said that they affected the brain and could cause memory impairment.’
    • ‘Here is where I feel the need to point out the difference between disability and impairment.’
    • ‘The developing debate about the genetic causes of disease and impairment is nothing compared to the rows that are in store.’