Tikibu: pronunciation dictionary with use examples

Word: impediment
IPA transcription: [,ɪmp'ɛdəmənt]
noun meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: obstruction, obstructor, obstructer, impediment, impedimenta
    Meaning: any structure that makes progress difficult
  • Synonyms: hindrance, hinderance, deterrent, impediment, balk, baulk, check, handicap
    Meaning: something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
Usage examples
  • "I see no impediment to that, monseigneur."
  • It could be no impediment to reforms of the State constitution by a majority of the people in a legal and peaceable mode.
  • Is not this, in fact, the vice, both in England and the northern states of Europe, which appears to be the greatest impediment to general improvement?
  • As he stood, half musing, Will Banion heard, on the ravine side around the bend, the tinkle of a falling stone, lazily rolling from one impediment to another.
  • However, the Jews cast great stones from the walls upon the hurdles which protected the men, with all sorts of darts also; and the noise of what could not reach them was yet so terrible, that it was some impediment to the workmen.
  • Toiling in the midst of a dense thicket, among a tangle of dead leaves and twigs, she may well produce a very inaccurate piece of work; but compel her to labour when free from all impediment: she will then--I am convinced of it beforehand--apply her talents without constraint and show herself an adept in the building of graceful nests.