Origin of impairMiddle English empeiren from Old French empeirer from Vulgar Latin an unverified form impejorare from Classical Latin in-, intensive + Late Latin pejorare, to make worse: see pejorative
When drinking alcohol causes your reflexes to become slower, this is an example of how drinking impairs your reflexes.
transitive verbim·paired, im·pair·ing, im·pairs
Origin of impairMiddle English empairen from Old French empeirer from Vulgar Latin impēiōrāre Latin in- causative pref. ; see in- 2. Latin pēior worse ; see ped- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present impairs, present participle impairing, simple past and past participle impaired)
(comparative more impair, superlative most impair)
- (obsolete) Not fit or appropriate.
From Old French empeirier, variant of empirier (“to worsen”), from Vulgar Latin *impēiōrō, from im- + Late Latin pēiōrō (“to make worse”), from peior (“worse”), comparative of malus (“bad”).
impair - Legal Definition
- It would be such a terrible waste to impair a mind like his.
- You may not access our networks, computers, or Contents in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair them, or interfere with any other Personâ€™s use and enjoyment.
- This constitution has worked well on the whole, the only serious hitches having been due to the tendency of governors-general and kaimakams to attempt to supersede the mejliss by autocratic action, and to impair the freedom of elections.
- It is necessary to remove as completely as possible any lead, tin, bismuth, antimony, arsenic and tellurium, impurities which impair the properties of gold and silver, by an oxidizing fusion, e.g.
- Neither eastern nor southern Siam was included in this agreement, but nothing was said to impair or lessen in any way the full sovereign rights of the king of Siam over those parts of the country.