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Pronunciation:  `imp'ermunt

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  1. [n]  the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine)
  2. [n]  damage that results in a reduction of strength or quality
  3. [n]  the occurrence of a change for the worse
  4. [n]  the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness; "reading disability"; "hearing impairment"
  5. [n]  a symptom of reduced quality or strength

IMPAIRMENT is a 10 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: constipation, damage, deadening, deterioration, disability, disablement, handicap, harm, stultification
 See Also: alteration, amputation, anorgasmia, astasia, bad condition, bandy legs, bow leg, bow legs, bowleg, change, corrosion, damage, debasement, decay, decrepitude, deformation, degradation, descensus, desolation, detriment, devastation, dilapidation, disability of walking, distortion, dysomia, genu valgum, genu varum, harm, hearing impairment, hearing loss, hurt, hurt, hypesthesia, hypoesthesia, knock-knee, ladder, modification, pigeon toes, poor shape, prolapse, prolapsus, ravel, run, scathe, tibia valga, tibia vara, unfitness, vision defect, visual defect, visual disorder, visual impairment, wear



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Im*pair"ment\, n. [OE. enpeirement, OF. empirement.]
The state of being impaired; injury. ``The impairment of my
health.'' --Dryden.

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 Related Terms: adulteration, attrition, curtailment, cut, cutting, damage, debilitation, decrease, decrement, defectibility, defectiveness, deficiency, depletion, depreciation, derogation, deterioration, detraction, detriment, diminution, dip, disadvantage, disparagement, drawback, enfeeblement, erroneousness, extraction, fallibility, faultiness, flaw, handicap, harm, hurt, immaturity, imperfection, impurity, inaccuracy, inadequacy, inadequateness, incompleteness, inexactitude, inexactness, injury, lack, lessening, liability, loss, loss of ground, marring, mediocrity, mischief, patchiness, prejudice, reduction, remission, retraction, retrenchment, shortage, shortcoming, shortening, shrinkage, sketchiness, step backward, truncation, undermining, undevelopment, unevenness, unperfectedness, unsoundness, vitiation, want, weakening, worsening