Impediment - definition, pronunciation, transcription

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

noun

- 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)

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

noun
singular: impediment
plural: impediments
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