- 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 impedes
It is erroneous, insulting to the mostly well-meaning officers in this country, and impedes constructive discussion, and change.Are We All Racial Profilers?
July 29, 2009
No artillery should be moved with the troops; it delays and impedes them.The Life of Gordon, Volume II
Demetrius Charles Boulger
Good is that which is useful to us; evil, that which impedes the possession of good.
He obstructs and impedes business by every means in his power.Memoirs of the Duchesse de Dino v.1/3, 1831-1835
Dorothy Duchesse de Dino
We become afraid of them and fear is what impedes us most of all in life.Adrienne Toner
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
We give up nothing but that which impedes the inflow of godly forces.The Hive
Will Levington Comfort
- (tr) to restrict or retard in action, progress, etc; hinder; obstruct
Word Origin and History for impedes
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.