impediment

impediment
im|ped|i|ment [ımˈpedımənt] n
[Date: 1300-1400; : Latin; Origin: impedimentum, from impedire; IMPEDE]
1.) a physical problem that makes speaking, hearing, or moving difficult
a speech impediment
2.) a situation or event that makes it difficult or impossible for someone or something to succeed or make progress
impediment to
War is one of the greatest impediments to human progress.

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  • impediment — im·ped·i·ment /im pe də mənt/ n: something that prevents or interferes with a process, power, or right should have known of the legal impediment s to the execution of any judgment against the police jury Penalber v. Blount, 550 So. 2d 577 (1989); …   Law dictionary

  • Impediment — Im*ped i*ment, n. [L. impedimentum: cf. F. impediment.] That which impedes or hinders progress, motion, activity, or effect. [1913 Webster] Thus far into the bowels of the land Have we marched on without impediment. Shak. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • impediment — IMPEDIMÉNT, impedimente, s.n. Piedică, obstacol în calea realizării unei intenţii. – Din lat. impedimentum. cf. it. i m p e d i m e n t o. Trimis de gall, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  IMPEDIMÉNT s. v. dificultate. Trimis de siveco, 13.09.2007.… …   Dicționar Român

  • impediment — ► NOUN 1) a hindrance or obstruction. 2) (also speech impediment) a defect in a person s speech, such as a lisp or stammer …   English terms dictionary

  • Impediment — Im*ped i*ment, v. t. To impede. [R.] Bp. Reynolds. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Impedĭment — (lat.), Hindernis …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Impediment — Impediment, lat. dtsch., Hinderniß; impedimenta, der Train des Heeres; impedimentum legitimum, gesetzlich anerkanntes Hinderniß; impediren, verhindern; Impedition, Verhinderung …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • impediment — (n.) c.1400, from L. impedimentem hindrance, from impedire impede, lit. to shackle the feet, from assimilated form of in into, in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + pes (gen. pedis) foot (see FOOT (Cf. foot) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • impediment — *obstacle, obstruction, bar, snag Analogous words: *difficulty, hardship, rigor, vicissitude: barrier, *bar: handicap (see ADVANTAGE 1) Antonyms: aid, assistance: advantage (sense 1) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • impediment — [n] obstruction, hindrance bar, barricade, barrier, block, blockage, bottleneck*, burden, catch*, Catch 22*, chain, check, clog, cramp, curb, dead weight*, defect, delay, deterrent, detriment, difficulty, disadvantage, drag*, drawback,… …   New thesaurus

  • impediment — [im ped′ə mənt] n. [ME < L impedimentum, hindrance] 1. Now Rare an impeding or being impeded; obstruction 2. anything that impedes; specif., a) a speech defect; stutter, lisp, stammer, etc. b) anything preventing the making of a legal contract …   English World dictionary

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