Origin of impediment
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1. bar, encumbrance, check. See obstacle.
1. help, encouragement.
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Examples from the Web for impediment
The problem, of course, is that democracy can itself become an impediment to peace.The End of the Illusion: America Finally Learns Its Limits
April 30, 2013
Jeter chased for it madly, maniacally, refusing to let anything act as an impediment.Bissinger: Praying That Derek Jeter, Baseball’s Classiest Act, Returns to the Game
October 16, 2012
Our need for a national story, a one-size-fits-all number, is an impediment to dealing with very real issues that affect us.Jobs Numbers: Get Used to Bad Employment Data
June 1, 2012
Only to find that weather was an impediment to lots of folks.A Literary Tribute
September 10, 2011
The defendant was a disruptive force at trial and an impediment to his own defense.The Slain Policeman's Widow in the Mumia Abu-Jamal Case Speaks
November 8, 2010
The Greek Government had put no impediment in the way of arbitration.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
A child born to an unmarried woman is no impediment to her marriage.The Long Labrador Trail
Is the body an impediment, or not, if any one takes it with him as a partner in the search?
Perhaps I have had my own impediment, apart from our love for Paul.
When she spoke of marriage with Paul, I hinted at an impediment.
- a hindrance or obstruction
- a physical defect, esp one of speech, such as a stammer
- plural -ments or -menta (-ˈmɛntə) law an obstruction to the making of a contract, esp a contract of marriage by reason of closeness of blood or affinity
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Word Origin and History for impediment
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Something that impedes; a hindrance or an obstruction.
- An organic defect preventing clear articulation of speech.
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