from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Diminished, damaged, or weakened: an impaired sense of smell.
- adj. Functioning poorly or incompetently: a driver so tired as to be impaired.
- adj. Having a physical or mental disability: an impaired child in need of special assistance.
- n. People who have a physical or mental disability considered as a group: a swimming class for the physically impaired.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Rendered less effective
- adj. inebriated, drunk.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of impair.
- n. A criminal charge for impaired driving.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. mentally or physically unfit
- adj. diminished in strength, quality, or utility
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When these four ladies were killed by convicted impaired driver, Wladyslaw Bilski, only those seasoned in impaired driving cases would be able to predict that he would get off so easily with, a 4 year sentence.
Of course, driving while impaired is and will remain illegal.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, life for the disabled or physically impaired is wrought with difficulties.
In essence, the judge in impaired driving cases is being replaced by a machine that is “objectively” deciding who is guilty and who is not.
As one defence lawyer, a specialist in impaired driving cases (who shall remain nameless), once told me:
While many people may like to have a few beers before mowing the lawn on a fine Sunday morning, operating a riding mower while impaired is an offence under section 253 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Type large enough for the vision-impaired is too big for people with good eyes to read comfortably, so having those two kinds of menus makes sense to me.
That declaration didn't sit too well with Connecticut, which at the time was a mere three months removed from its first NCAA title and, for the geographically impaired, is also located on the East Coast.
For those Americans who are subtitle impaired, although the story takes place in Paris, and all the characters except for Matthew are French, almost all of the dialog is in English.
I think also the word impaired, in some ways it's just a euphemism.