Definitions for: Impediment


[n] any structure that makes progress difficult
[n] something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress



Webster (1913) Definition: Im*ped"i*ment, n. [L. impedimentum: cf. F.
impediment.]
That which impedes or hinders progress, motion, activity, or
effect.

Thus far into the bowels of the land Have we marched on
without impediment. --Shak.

Impediment in speech, a defect which prevents distinct
utterance.

Syn: Hindrance; obstruction; obstacle; difficulty;
incumbrance.

Usage: Impediment, Obstacle, Difficulty, Hindrance.
An impediment literally strikes against our feet,
checking our progress, and we remove it. An obstacle
rises before us in our path, and we surmount or remove
it. A difficulty sets before us something hard to be
done, and we encounter it and overcome it. A hindrance
holds us back for a time, but we break away from it.

The eloquence of Demosthenes was to Philip of
Macedon, a difficulty to be met with his best
recources, ant obstacle to his own ambition, and
an impedimen in his political career. --C. J.
Smith.


Im*ped"i*ment, v. t.
To impede. [R.] --Bp. Reynolds.

Synonyms: balk, baulk, check, deterrent, handicap, hindrance, impedimenta, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor

See Also: albatross, bar, barrier, bind, block, blockade, blockage, closure, construction, difficulty, encumbrance, hindrance, hitch, incumbrance, interference, millstone, obstacle, obstacle, obstruction, occlusion, preventative, preventive, stop, stoppage, structure, tumbler

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