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English noun: impairment

1. impairment (event) the occurrence of a change for the worse

Synonymsdamage, harm

Broader (hypernym)alteration, change, modification

Narrower (hyponym)deformation, detriment, distortion, hurt, ladder, ravel, run

2. impairment (state) a symptom of reduced quality or strength


Broader (hypernym)decay

Narrower (hyponym)corrosion, decrepitude, desolation, devastation, dilapidation, wear

3. impairment (state) the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness

SamplesReading disability.
Hearing impairment.

Synonymsdisability, disablement, handicap

Broader (hypernym)softness, unfitness

Narrower (hyponym)amputation, anorgasmia, astasia, bandy leg, bandy legs, bandyleg, bow leg, bow leg, bow legs, bowleg, descensus, disability of walking, disintegration, dysomia, dysphasia, genu valgum, genu varum, hearing disorder, hearing impairment, hypesthesia, hypoesthesia, knock-knee, pigeon toes, prolapse, prolapsus, tibia valga, tibia vara, vision defect, visual defect, visual disorder, visual impairment

4. impairment (act) damage that results in a reduction of strength or quality

Broader (hypernym)damage, harm, hurt, scathe

5. impairment (act) the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine)

Synonymsconstipation, deadening, stultification

Broader (hypernym)debasement, degradation

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