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NOUN (2)

1. something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted;
- Example: "lack of imagination is an obstacle to one's advancement"
- Example: "the poverty of a district is an obstacle to good education"
- Example: "the filibuster was a major obstruction to the success of their plan"
[syn: obstacle, obstruction]

2. an obstruction that stands in the way (and must be removed or surmounted or circumvented);

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Obstacle \Ob"sta*cle\, n. [F., fr. L. obstaculum, fr. obstare to withstand, oppose; ob (see Ob-) + stare to stand. See Stand. and cf. Oust, v.] That which stands in the way, or opposes; anything that hinders progress; a hindrance; an obstruction, physical or moral. [1913 Webster] If all obstacles were cut away. And that my path were even to the crown. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Syn: Impediment; obstuction; hindrance; difficulty. See Impediment, and Obstruction. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

58 Moby Thesaurus words for "obstacle": bar, barrier, blank wall, blind alley, blind gut, block, blockade, blockage, bottleneck, catch, cecum, check, choking, choking off, clog, congestion, constipation, cordon, costiveness, crimp, cul-de-sac, curtain, dead end, determent, deterrent, difficulty, disincentive, drawback, embolism, embolus, gorge, hamper, hang-up, hazard, hindrance, hitch, hurdle, impasse, impediment, infarct, infarction, jam, joker, mountain, objection, obstipation, obstruction, obstructive, one small difficulty, rub, sealing off, snag, stop, stoppage, strangulation, stumbling, stumbling block, stumbling stone