- something that obstructs, blocks, or closes up with an obstacle or obstacles; obstacle or hindrance: obstructions to navigation.
- an act or instance of obstructing.
- the state of being obstructed.
- the delaying or preventing of business before a deliberative body, especially a legislative group, by parliamentary contrivances.
Origin of obstruction
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Examples from the Web for obstruction
Democrats, their backs up, have altered Senate rules on filibusters in the face of Republican obstruction.The South Has Indeed Risen Again and It’s Called the Tea Party
December 8, 2013
A year's worth of Republican obstruction have pushed Harry Reid to consider the "nuclear option" and end the judicial filibuster.Harry Reid Prepares to Go "Nuclear" on the Judicial Filibuster
November 20, 2013
His nominations have faced an unprecedented level of obstruction, leading to widespread vacancies and judicial emergencies.Republicans Continue to Refuse to Confirm Obama's Judicial Nominations
November 13, 2013
The simple—too simple—explanation for the French obstruction?Why France Is to Blame for Blocking the Iran Nuclear Agreement
November 10, 2013
The Republican strategy of obstruction collapsed in a late deal that averted default and re-opened the government.Inside the GOP Surrender
October 17, 2013
Could this be all the obstruction I was prepared to open a pass through?
In the semi-obscurity, moreover, the obstruction of the ward seemed to have increased.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
But what could have been the reasons for this their obstruction of the natural flow of tradition?Wilfrid Cumbermede
That means an upcurrent of air indicating an obstruction under us.Lords of the Stratosphere
Arthur J. Burks
He had crashed into an obstruction so transparent that he had not seen it.Mistress Wilding
- a person or thing that obstructs
- the act or an instance of obstructing
- delay of business, esp in a legislature by means of procedural devices
- sport the act of unfairly impeding an opposing player
- the state or condition of being obstructed
Word Origin and History for obstruction
1530s, from Latin obstructionem (nominative obstructio) "an obstruction, barrier, a building up," noun of action from past participle stem of obstruere "build up, block, block up, build against, stop, bar, hinder," from ob "against" (see ob-) + struere "to pile, build" (see structure (n.)).
- The blocking of a body passage, as by clogging or stricture.
- The state of being obstructed.
- Something, such as a mass or stricture, that obstructs.