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Noun: impairment  im'pehr-munt
  1. The occurrence of a change for the worse
    - damage, harm
  2. A symptom of reduced quality or strength
    - deterioration
  3. The condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness
    "hearing impairment";
    - disability, disablement, handicap
  4. Damage that results in a reduction of strength or quality
  5. The act of making something futile and useless (as by routine)
    - stultification, constipation, deadening

Derived forms: impairments

Type of: alteration, change, damage, debasement, decay, degradation, harm, hurt, modification, scathe [archaic], softness, unfitness

Encyclopedia: Impairment