What does impair mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. impair(verb)

    make worse or less effective

    "His vision was impaired"

  2. mar, impair, spoil, deflower, vitiate(verb)

    make imperfect

    "nothing marred her beauty"


  1. impair(Verb)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impair(verb)

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

  2. Impair(verb)

    to grow worse; to deteriorate

  3. Impair(adj)

    not fit or appropriate

  4. Impair(noun)

    diminution; injury

  5. Origin: [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. Brian Fallon:

    That will probably impair their ability to advance their legislative agenda.

  2. Stephen Patton:

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

  3. Thomas Davis:

    I did so with the intent both to impair the integrity of the cellular phone and to make it unavailable for any subsequent criminal proceeding.

  4. Ginger Hultin:

    Drinking alcohol can impair the liver's ability to release the right amount of glycogen, or stored glucose, into the blood to keep blood glucose levels stable.

  5. Erica Reischer:

    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.

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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

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