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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


Synonymsdeterioration


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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