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Princeton's WordNet

  1. impairverb

    make worse or less effective

    "His vision was impaired"

  2. mar, impair, spoil, deflower, vitiateverb

    make imperfect

    "nothing marred her beauty"


  1. impairverb

    to weaken; to affect negatively; to have a diminishing effect on.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impairverb

    to make worse; to diminish in quantity, value, excellence, or strength; to deteriorate; as, to impair health, character, the mind, value

    Etymology: [F. impair uneven, L. impar; im- not + par equal.]

  2. Impairverb

    to grow worse; to deteriorate

    Etymology: [F. impair uneven, L. impar; im- not + par equal.]

  3. Impairadjective

    not fit or appropriate

    Etymology: [F. impair uneven, L. impar; im- not + par equal.]

  4. Impairnoun

    diminution; injury

    Etymology: [F. impair uneven, L. impar; im- not + par equal.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Impair

    im-pār′, v.t. to diminish in quantity, value, or strength: to injure: to weaken.—v.i. (obs.) to become worse.—n. Impair′ment. [O. Fr. empeirer (Fr. empirer), from L. im (=in), inten., and L. pejorāre, to make worse—L. pejor, worse.]

  2. Impair

    im-pār′, adj. (Shak.) unsuitable. [Fr.,—L. imparin, not, par, equal.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of impair in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of impair in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of impair in a Sentence

  1. Cervantes:

    The beauty of some women has days and seasons, depending upon accidents which diminish or increase it; nay, the very passions of the mind naturally improve or impair it, and very often utterly destroy it.

  2. Erica Reischer:

    Those phrases are using shame, blame and fear to motivate behavior, when we say them again and again, it can impair the parent-child relationship because it suggests the problem is not the behavior, but the problem is the child.

  3. Seneca:

    Consult your friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself. His counsel may then be useful where your own self-love might impair your judgment.

  4. Stephen Patton:

    (Chicago's law) doesn't diminish and impair pensions, it saves pensions, that argument has not been addressed.

  5. Brian Fallon:

    I take congressman Nunes' point that this has created a cloud over the Trump White House right now, that will probably impair their ability to advance their legislative agenda.

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  • beeinträchtigen, verschlechtern, schädigen, schmälern, beschädigen, schwächen, vermindernGerman
  • deteriorar, empeorar, descomponerSpanish
  • haitata, heikentääFinnish
  • affaiblir, abîmer, détériorerFrench
  • domajarIdo
  • beschadigen, verzwakken, verslechterenDutch
  • piorar, empiorar, prejudicar, enfraquecer, diminuirPortuguese
  • ослаблятьRussian
  • kötüleştirmek, sınırlamak, azaltmak, zarar vermek, zayıflatmakTurkish
  • 妨害Chinese

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