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- n. Plural form of impaired.
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Most of the increase is coming from the US and our delinquency rates in the US are up and the impaireds are up and really it's a function of continued high [employment] rate in the US and the housing market that is still weak in the US.
Sy Hersh certainly thought so, among numerous other writers who weren't all lobby / paranoid / impaireds (okay he might be, like him anyway).