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NOUN (2)

1. something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress;
[syn: hindrance, hinderance, deterrent, impediment, balk, baulk, check, handicap]

2. any structure that makes progress difficult;
[syn: obstruction, obstructor, obstructer, impediment, impedimenta]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Impediment \Im*ped"i*ment\, v. t. To impede. [R.] --Bp. Reynolds. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Impediment \Im*ped"i*ment\, n. [L. impedimentum: cf. F. impediment.] That which impedes or hinders progress, motion, activity, or effect. [1913 Webster] Thus far into the bowels of the land Have we marched on without impediment. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] The eloquence of Demosthenes was to Philip of Macedon, a difficulty to be met with his best resources, an obstacle to his own ambition, and an impediment in his political career. --C. J. Smith. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

impediment n 1: something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress [syn: hindrance, hinderance, deterrent, impediment, balk, baulk, check, handicap] 2: any structure that makes progress difficult [syn: obstruction, obstructor, obstructer, impediment, impedimenta]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

107 Moby Thesaurus words for "impediment": arrest, arrestation, arrestment, bar, barrier, blank wall, blind alley, blind gut, block, blockade, blockage, blocking, bottleneck, burden, burthen, cargo, cecum, charge, check, choking, choking off, clog, clogging, closing up, closure, congestion, constipation, constriction, costiveness, cramp, cross, cul-de-sac, cumbrance, curb, dead end, deadweight, delay, detainment, detention, difficulty, disadvantage, embarrassment, embolism, embolus, encumbrance, fixation, foot-dragging, freight, gorge, hamper, hampering, handicap, hang-up, hindering, hindrance, hitch, hold-up, holdback, holdup, hurdle, impasse, impedance, impedimenta, imposition, inconvenience, infarct, infarction, inhibition, interference, interruption, jam, let, load, lumber, mountain, negativism, nuisance value, obstacle, obstipation, obstruction, obstructionism, occlusion, onus, opposition, pack, penalty, repression, resistance, restraint, restriction, retardation, retardment, rub, sealing off, setback, snag, squeeze, stop, stoppage, stranglehold, strangulation, stricture, stumbling block, suppression, trouble, weight, white elephant