- to retard in movement or progress by means of obstacles or hindrances; obstruct; hinder.
Origin of impede
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Examples from the Web for impeded
He envisions an Asia “where,” as he told the Australian parliament, “commerce and freedom of navigation are not impeded.”Is Obama’s Asia Pivot More Than Talk?
April 26, 2014
And sales, those tricky little figures so dependent on the wants and whims of a fickle public, were impeded for that very reason.Hillbilly Heaven: The History of Small-Batch Bourbon
March 29, 2014
The result was an extra month of uncertainly that impeded an already volatile hiring market.Obama’s Jobs Malaise
September 2, 2011
Any deception or inefficiency that impeded the flow of information was evil.The Google Religion
July 15, 2011
Children can only acquire strength gradually with their proper growth, which will always be impeded if the stomach is disordered.
However, we are not here to be impeded by any sentimental considerations.
All their efforts at gaiety were impeded by the inertia of fear.
The diligence of Niebuhr, though often impeded by illness, was immense.
Like most autocrats, the only things of which she took notice were the ones that impeded her progress.Quin
Alice Hegan Rice
- (tr) to restrict or retard in action, progress, etc; hinder; obstruct
Word Origin and History for impeded
c.1600, back-formation from impediment, or else from Latin impedire "impede, be in the way, hinder, detain," literally "to shackle the feet" (see impediment). Related: Impeded; impedes; impeding.