impair

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French empeirier, variant of empirier (to worsen), from Vulgar Latin *impēiōrō, from im- + Late Latin pēiōrō (to make worse), from peior (worse), comparative of malus (bad).

Verb[edit]

impair (third-person singular simple present impairs, present participle impairing, simple past and past participle impaired)

  1. (transitive) To weaken; to affect negatively; to have a diminishing effect on.
  2. (intransitive, archaic) To grow worse; to deteriorate.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)

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Adjective[edit]

impair (comparative more impair, superlative most impair)

  1. (obsolete) Not fit or appropriate.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

im- +‎ pair.

Adjective[edit]

impair m (feminine impaire, masculine plural impairs, feminine plural impaires)

  1. odd (of a number)
    3 est un nombre impair. - 3 is an odd number.

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References[edit]

  • impair” in the Portail lexical, Centre National de Ressources Textuelles et Lexicales, 2014.

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