mid-14c., emparement, from Old French empeirement, from empeirier (see impair). Re-Latinized spelling is from 1610s.
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late 14c., a re-Latinizing of earlier ampayre, apeyre "make worse, cause to deteriorate" (c. 1300), from Old French empeirier "make worse" (Modern French empirer), from Vulgar Latin *impeiorare "make worse," from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (from PIE root *en "in") + Late Latin peiorare "make worse," from peior "worse," perhaps originally "stumbling," from PIE *ped-yos-, suffixed (comparative) of *ped- "to walk, stumble, impair," from root *ped- "foot. In reference to driving under the influence of alcohol, first recorded 1951 in Canadian English. Related: Impaired; impairing.
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Definitions of impairment
a symptom of reduced quality or strength;
the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness;
damage that results in a reduction of strength or quality;