Definition of impaired in US English:



  • 1Weakened or damaged.

    ‘an impaired banking system’
    • ‘An impaired credit system and tragically maladjusted economy will simply not for some time allow us "to prosper as we have in the past".’
    • ‘Responsible redevelopment can transform environmentally impaired property into productive assets.’
    • ‘This affects their overall development, slows their growth rate, and may result in impaired health.’
    • ‘Organizations have difficulty in recovering past knowledge or skills, resulting in an impaired culture.’
    • ‘Studies have, for example, linked poor nutrition to impaired learning at school.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Firms sold off non-viable businesses or impaired assets.’
    • ‘The paper estimates the average cost for various states of impaired health.’
    1. 1.1North American Affected by alcohol or drugs to the extent of losing control over one's faculties or behavior.
      ‘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 had been convicted on his eighth impaired driving charge while driving a stolen car, his 18th possession of stolen property conviction.’
      • ‘He was arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle.’
      • ‘I have already found, as a fact, she knew of his background and his problems related to alcohol, including the impaired driving charges.’
      • ‘She faces charges of driving while impaired, careless driving, and speeding.’
      • ‘Drunk and impaired drivers have to be kept off the road because other people's lives are at stake.’
  • 2Having a disability of a specified kind.

    in combination ‘hearing-impaired children’
    • ‘Vision-impaired people rely on the announcements because they can't read information displayed on boards.’
    • ‘Vision-impaired skiers rely heavily on other senses, with hearing and feel, especially of the ground under their feet, particularly important.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In your former life you were an educator who taught math to language-impaired kids.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The new community features progressive design elements that cater specifically to memory-impaired residents.’
    • ‘The feature is geared towards motor-impaired users who have trouble touching on-screen controls.’