Impairing

/ɪmˈpɛː/

Origin

1250–1300; Middle English empairen, empeiren to make worse < Middle French empeirer, equivalent to em- im-1 + peirer to make worse < Late Latin pējōrāre, equivalent to Latin pējōr-, stem of pējor worse + -ā- thematic vowel + -re infinitive suffix; cf. pejorative (Source: dictionary.com)

Middle English enpeire, from Old French empeirier, based on late Latin pejorare (from Latin pejor ‘worse’). The current spelling is due to association with words derived from Latin beginning with im-. (Source: lexico.com)

Definitions of Impairing

Impairing

verb (used with object)

  1. to make or cause to become worse; diminish in ability, value, excellence, etc.; weaken or damage:

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Impairing

verb (used without object)

  1. to grow or become worse; lessen.

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Impairing

noun

  1. Archaic. impairment.

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Impairing

verb

  1. (tr) to reduce or weaken in strength, quality, etchis hearing was impaired by an accident

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Impairing

verb

  1. Weaken or damage (something, especially a faculty or function)

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Impairing

verb

  1. : to diminish in function, ability, or quality : to weaken or make worse It has been known for nearly 100 years that memory is impaired by bilateral damage to either of two brain regions …— Larry R. Squire The use of drugs further complicates the situation of these families and sometimes impairs their ability to raise children.— Ellen L. Bassuk … the prospect of generating normal profitability is impaired by excessive debt service.— John Nozell The physician also checks for signs of endometriosis, a condition in which the cells that normally compose the uterine lining grow outside the uterus, sometimes impairing fertility.— Martha Southgate

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Example sentences for Impairing

  1. It's impairing her looks, making her nervous and almost hysterical—in a word, quite unlike herself.
  2. By impairing my health, it impairs my intellect, and weakens my strength; and both I would keep for your Highness's service.'
  3. When pleasing the flesh doth hurt it, by impairing health, and so making the body less fit for duty, it is a sin.
  4. Pure candy does not hurt the child by impairing its digestion so much as by interfering with its appetite for plain food.
  5. Little do such mothers know the fatal mischief they do by impairing their child's security with them.

Related words & Synonyms

injure, reduce, mar, decrease, worsen, debilitate, lessen, damage, hurt, tarnish, prejudice, spoil, destroy, diminish, blunt, undermine, weaken, ding, invalidate, cheapen, blemish

Antonyms

repair

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