1. [ noun ] the occurrence of a change for the worse
Synonyms: damage harm
Related terms: change distortion detriment run impair
2. [ noun ] damage that results in a reduction of strength or quality
Related terms: damage mar
3. [ noun ] (medicine) the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness
Synonyms: disability handicap disablement

"reading disability" "hearing impairment"

Related terms: unfitness bowleg anorgasmia astasia bow_leg hearing_impairment disability_of_walking visual_impairment prolapse knock-knee amputation dysomia hypesthesia pigeon_toes anosmia disable
4. [ noun ] a symptom of reduced quality or strength
Synonyms: deterioration
Related terms: decay devastation decrepitude wear corrosion deteriorate
5. [ noun ] the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine)
Synonyms: deadening constipation stultification
Related terms: degradation deaden
Similar spelling:   impairer