impair

impair
im·pair /im-'per/ vt
1: to damage or make worse by or as if by diminishing
impair ed health
2: to diminish the value of (property or property rights); specif: to diminish the value of (legal contractual obligations) to the point that a party loses the benefit of the contract or the contract otherwise becomes invalid
a law impair ing a state's own obligations was entitled to less deference — Gerald Gunther see also contract clause
im·pair·ment n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

impair
I verb adulterate, affect injuriously, blight, blunt, contaminate, cripple, crumble, damage, debilitare. debilitate, decrease in excellence, demolish, deplete, deprive of power, desecrate, devalue, dilapidate, diminish, diminish in quality, dissipate, disturb, dull, enervate, enfeeble, erode, frangere, harm, hinder, hurt, imminuere, injure, lessen in power, lessen in value, make inroads on, make worse, mar, obtund, paralyze, pollute, put out of commission, reduce, relax, render feeble, ruin, sap, stifle, taint, undermine, unhinge, waste, weaken, wear out, worsen associated concepts: impairing the obligation of contracts, impairment of capital, impairment of good will, impairment of memory, impairment of powers, impairment of security II index abrogate (annul), adulterate, aggravate (exacerbate), check (restrain), contaminate, damage, debase, debilitate, deface, denature, disable, disadvantage, disorient, endanger, eviscerate, harm, hinder, impede, infect, maim, mistreat, mutilate, pollute, prejudice (injure), spoil (impair), stain, subvert, vitiate

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


impair
v. Of property or a contractual right, to interfere in such a way as to diminish its value.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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  • Impair — Im*pair , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Impaired}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Impairing}.] [Written also {empair}.] [OE. empeiren, enpeiren, OF. empeirier, empirier, F. empirer, LL. impejorare; L. pref. im in + pejorare to make worse, fr. pejor worse. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Impair — Im pair, a. [F. impair uneven, L. impar; im not + par equal.] Not fit or appropriate. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Impair — Im*pair , v. t. To grow worse; to deteriorate. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Impair — Im*pair , n. Diminution; injury. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • IMPAIR — AIRE. adj. T. d Arithm., opposé à Pair. Il se dit Des nombres entiers qui ne sont pas composés de couples complets d unités. Trois, cinq, sept, etc., sont des nombres impairs. Tout nombre impair, étant divisé par deux, donne l unité pour reste.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • impair — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English empeiren, from Anglo French empeirer, from Vulgar Latin *impejorare, from Latin in + Late Latin pejorare to make worse more at pejorative Date: 14th century to damage or make worse by or as if by… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • IMPAIR, AIRE — adj. T. d’Arithmétique Qui est opposé à Pair. Il se dit des Nombres entiers qu’on ne peut pas diviser en deux nombres entiers égaux. Trois, cinq, sept, etc., sont des nombres impairs. Tout nombre impair, étant divisé par deux, donne l’unité pour… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • empair — Impair Im*pair , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Impaired}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Impairing}.] [Written also {empair}.] [OE. empeiren, enpeiren, OF. empeirier, empirier, F. empirer, LL. impejorare; L. pref. im in + pejorare to make worse, fr. pejor worse. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Impaired — Impair Im*pair , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Impaired}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Impairing}.] [Written also {empair}.] [OE. empeiren, enpeiren, OF. empeirier, empirier, F. empirer, LL. impejorare; L. pref. im in + pejorare to make worse, fr. pejor worse. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Impairing — Impair Im*pair , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Impaired}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Impairing}.] [Written also {empair}.] [OE. empeiren, enpeiren, OF. empeirier, empirier, F. empirer, LL. impejorare; L. pref. im in + pejorare to make worse, fr. pejor worse. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Injure — In jure, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Injured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Injuring}.] [L. injuriari, fr. injuria injury, perh. through F. injurier to insult, in OF. also, to injure; or perhaps fr. E. injury, or F. injure injury. See {Injury}.] To do harm to; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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