impair vb tr to reduce or weaken in strength, quality, etc. his hearing was impaired by an accident (C14: from Old French empeirer to make worse, from Late Latin pejorare, from Latin pejor worse; see pejorative)
n (Law) (in England, according to the Mental Health Act 1983) a state of arrested or incomplete development of mind, which includes significant impairment of intelligence and social functioning and is associated with abnormally aggressive or seriously irresponsible conduct
mentally impaired adj
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