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Impairment   /ɪmpˈɛrmənt/   Listen

The occurrence of a change for the worse.  Synonyms: damage, harm.
A symptom of reduced quality or strength.  Synonym: deterioration.
The condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness.  Synonyms: disability, disablement, handicap.  "Hearing impairment"
Damage that results in a reduction of strength or quality.
The act of making something futile and useless (as by routine).  Synonyms: constipation, deadening, stultification.

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"Impairment" Quotes from Famous Books

... Dick answered, and I could hear that cold, hard, judicial note come into his voice. Smith could not understand. Dick told him. 'The thing you have been guilty of, Mr. Smith, is the scene, the disturbance, the scandal, the wagging of the women's tongues now going on forty to the minute, the impairment of the discipline and order of the ranch, all of which is boiled down to the one grave thing, the hurt to ...
— The Little Lady of the Big House • Jack London

... to perish by atrophy with the extension of even elementary scientific culture. This is why socialism does not feel the necessity of waging a special warfare against these religious beliefs which are destined to disappear. It has assumed this attitude although it knows that the absence or the impairment of the belief in God is one of the most powerful factors for its extension, because the priests of all religions have been, throughout all the phases of history, the most potent allies of the ruling classes in keeping the masses pliant and submissive under the yoke by means ...
— Socialism and Modern Science (Darwin, Spencer, Marx) • Enrico Ferri

... bourgeoisie, the naked policy of provocation gave way to one of cowardly distrust of the peoples of Russia, to a policy of fault-finding, of meaningless "freedom" and "equality" of peoples. The results of such a policy are known: the growth of national enmity, the impairment of mutual confidence. ...
— Ten Days That Shook the World • John Reed

... of any licit or illicit chemical substance that results in physical, mental, emotional, or behavioral impairment in an individual. ...
— The 2000 CIA World Factbook • United States. Central Intelligence Agency.

... reflects back upon ourselves. Haven't we often heard a man say: "He is all right but...!" Perhaps the personality in question was untidy, or that his walk was that of a laggard, or that he affected an egotistical air of superiority—whatever the impairment it should have been done ...
— Laugh and Live • Douglas Fairbanks

... fears were vain, as Dinah, whose eyes, or rather, eye, improved considerably, watched with great solicitude over her little lady. The boy was even surprised that the little one's health thus far did not suffer any impairment and that she bore the journey, with everdecreasing stops, as well as himself. Grief, fear, and the tears which she shed from longing for her papa evidently did not harm her much. Perhaps her slightly emaciated and bright little ...
— In Desert and Wilderness • Henryk Sienkiewicz

... right, if what I say accords with social facts and medical observations, then the system practised in France in her technical schools is a fatal impairment and mutilation (in the style of La Quintinie) practised upon the noblest flower ...
— The Village Rector • Honore de Balzac

... and live, in fact, a thoroughly immoral life in all respects except actually going home with prostitutes. When these men come to me, laboring under the various forms of impotence, they are surprised at my suggesting to them the possibility of the impairment of their powers being dependent upon ...
— Plain Facts for Old and Young • John Harvey Kellogg

... the more intellectual portion of the organ, while the exterior portion is that which holds the closest relation to the fibres of the corpora striata in the middle lobe, and may therefore most properly be called the organ of language or of speech, the impairment of which produces aphasia, or loss of speech. This is the form which has chiefly attracted the attention of the medical profession, as it very often accompanies paralytic affections from ...
— Buchanan's Journal of Man, February 1887 - Volume 1, Number 1 • Various

... brotherhood of dead-beats. They have led to bankruptcy and slow pay and bad debts. They have raised the cost of everything we require because the tradesman compels us to pay his uncollected accounts. They are added to your bills and mine, and the merchant prince suffers no impairment of ...
— 'Charge It' - Keeping Up With Harry • Irving Bacheller

... their blades, well inflected; but their powers were somewhat impaired, for the rate of movement was decidedly slower than when fresh leaves were treated with these same nitrogenous fluids. This impairment, as well as the insensibility of six of the leaves, may be attributed to injury from exosmose, caused by the density of the fluids placed ...
— Insectivorous Plants • Charles Darwin

... from an untenable position meant a substantial impairment of his already diminished prestige. A Washington would have saved the situation, but the Kaiser was ...
— The Evidence in the Case • James M. Beck

... with its dependent morbid excitability, and to shake off various forms of disorder dependent upon that cause. So might it be expected, that epilepsy, that hysteric and cataleptic fits, that nervous palsy, that tic-doloreux, when caused by no structural impairment of organ, should get weak under the use of this means—other means, of course, not being thereby excluded, which peculiar features of individual cases render advisable. And experience justifies this ...
— Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847 • Various

... dementia are clinically without evidences of disturbance of flow of thought. The dementia consists mainly in impairment or loss of the power of retention, with resulting amnesia for recent occurrences, and temporal disorientation. The records are either normal or show ...
— A Study of Association in Insanity • Grace Helen Kent

... in cases of children who, during one or two years, seem to develop with extraordinary rapidity, growing sometimes two inches or more in six months. The demands of this rapid growth must be met by proper nutrition, or serious subsequent impairment of vitality may result. Such children should have their meals made tempting by good cooking and pleasant variety, as well as an agreeable appearance of the food. Meat which is carved in unsightly masses and vegetables which are sodden and tasteless will be refused, and an ill attempt ...
— Public School Domestic Science • Mrs. J. Hoodless

... you and your hours of work and leisure. Give more and more time to your business each day until there comes an impairment in the quality of your work. Stop short of this. You have found your ...
— Initiative Psychic Energy • Warren Hilton

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