Impediment - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪmˈpedɪmənt|  American pronunciation of the word impediment
Brit.  |ɪmˈpedɪm(ə)nt|  British pronunciation of the word impediment


- something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress (syn: balk, baulk, check, deterrent, handicap, hindrance)
- any structure that makes progress difficult (syn: impedimenta, obstruction)

Extra examples

...tough going for the burros on the canyon trail, even without the added impediment of heavy loads...

War is one of the greatest impediments to human progress.

Word forms

singular: impediment
plural: impediments
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