Impediment - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪmˈpedɪmənt|  American pronunciation of the word impediment
Brit.  |ɪmˈpɛdɪm(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)


...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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