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Meaning of IMPEDIMENT

Pronunciation:  im'pedumunt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  any structure that makes progress difficult
  2. [n]  something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
 

IMPEDIMENT is a 10 letter word that starts with I.

 

 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

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \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.
    
    
  2. \Im*ped"i*ment\, v. t.
    To impede. [R.] --Bp. Reynolds.
    
    
 
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