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impediment

noun

  1. (difficulty)  something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
    Synonyms: balk, baulk, check, deterrent, handicap, hinderance, hindrance. Type of: difficulty
  2. (structure)  any structure that makes progress difficult
    Synonyms: impedimenta [Latin, plural], obstructer, obstruction, obstructor. Type of: structure

Etymology summary

Latin impedimentem "hindrance", from impedire "impede", literally "to shackle...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Obstacle | barrier | stumbling block

an object, thing, action or situation that causes an obstruction. There are, therefore, different types of obstacles, which can be physical, economic, biopsychosocial, cultural, political, technological or even military. As physical obstacles, we can ... (34 of 1090 words, 10 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

impediment | impediments [plural] | impedimenta [plural] | impedimental [derived] | impedimentary [adjective, derived]

a hindrance or obstruction | a physical defect, especially one of speech, such as a stammer | [law] an obstruction to the making of a contract, ... (24 of 515 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/impediment

Merriam-Webster:

impediment | balk [synonym, sense-specific] | bar [synonym, sense-specific] | block [synonym, sense-specific] | chain [synonym, sense-specific] | clog [synonym, sense-specific] | cramp [synonym, sense-specific] | crimp [synonym, sense-specific] | deterrent [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

something that impedes ; especially, an impairment (as a stutter or a lisp) that interferes with the proper articulation of speech | a bar or ... (24 of 165 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/impediment

Macmillan British Dictionary:

impediment [countable] | impediments [plural]

[formal] something that makes it more difficult for someone to do something or more difficult for something to happen | a physical or psychological ... (23 of 71 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/impediment

Oxford Dictionary:

impediment | speech impediment | impedimental [derived]

a hindrance or obstruction in doing something | a defect in a person's speech, such as a lisp or stammer. (19 of 68 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/impediment

American Heritage Dictionary:

impediment | impedimental [adjective, related] | impedimentary [adjective, related]

Something that impedes; a hindrance or obstruction. | An organic defect preventing clear articulation | [law] Something that obstructs the making of a ... (21 of 55 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/impediment

New World Dictionary:

impediment

[rare] an impeding or being impeded; obstruction | anything that impedes; specifically, ; a speech defect; stutter, lisp, stammer, etc. ; anything ... (21 of 49 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/impediment

Random House Dictionary:

impediment | impediments [sense-specific] | impedimenta [synonym, sense-specific]

obstruction; hindrance; obstacle. | any physical defect that impedes normal or easy speech; a speech disorder. | [ecclesiastical, law] a bar, usually ... (20 of 41 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/impediment

Cambridge Dictionary:

impediment [formal]

something that makes progress, movement, or achieving something difficult or impossible (11 of 33 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/impediment

Wiktionary:

impediment | impediments [plural] | hindrance [synonym, sense-specific] | obstruction [synonym, sense-specific] | obstacle [synonym, sense-specific] | impedimenta [synonym, sense-specific]

A hindrance; that which impedes or hinders progress. | [plural] Baggage, especially that of an army; impedimenta (16 of 30 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/impediment

Encarta Dictionary:

impediment | impediments [plural]

an impairment, especially one affecting speech | something that hinders progress | the reason a legal contract such as a marriage cannot be entered ... (22 of 65 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620356​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

impediment

First use: late 14th century

Origin: Latin impedimentem "hindrance", from impedire "impede", literally "to shackle the feet", from assimilated form of in- "into, in" ... (21 of 28 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

impediment

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin impedīmentum, from impedīre, to impede; see "impede".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/impediment

Oxford Dictionary:

impediment | speech impediment

Origin: late Middle English: from Latin impedimentum, from impedire (see "impede")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/impediment

New World Dictionary:

impediment

Origin: Middle English from Latin impedimentum, hindrance

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/impediment

Wiktionary:

impediment | impediments [plural]

Origin: Latin impedimentum.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/impediment

Encarta Dictionary:

impediment | impediments [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Latin impedimentum "hindrance" from impedire

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620356​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

impediment | impediments [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "impediment"

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Collins Dictionary:

impediment | impediments [plural] | impedimenta [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "impediment"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/impediment

Macmillan British Dictionary:

impediment [countable] | impediments [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "impediment"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/impediment

Macmillan American Dictionary:

impediment [countable] | impediments [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "impediment"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

impediment [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "impediment"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "impediment"

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the Free Dictionary:

impediment

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Google Dictionary:

impediment | impediments [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "impediment"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

impediment

Audio: North American pronunciation of "impediment"

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YourDictionary Audio:

impediment

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freedictionary.org:

Impediment

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