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[uh b-struhk-shuh n] /əbˈstrʌk ʃən/
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
1525-35; < Latin obstructiōn- (stem of obstructiō) barrier. See obstruct, -ion
Related forms
preobstruction, noun
1. barrier, bar, impediment. See obstacle. 3. stoppage.
1, 3. encouragement. Unabridged
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  • The Conservatives and obstruction, the Liberals and closure.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • It seemed, however, that I had met with a conspiracy of obstruction.

    Diversions in Sicily H. Festing Jones
  • obstruction will disappear through being at once unnecessary and impossible.

    Lord Randolph Churchill Winston Spencer Churchill
  • Since the separated self exists, and is an obstruction, we must contend with it.

  • In the five minutes which were occupied in the passage of the obstruction about four hundred casualties occurred.

    The River War Winston S. Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for obstruction


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
Derived Forms
obstructional, adjective
obstructionally, adverb
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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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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obstruction in Medicine

obstruction ob·struc·tion (əb-strŭk'shən, ŏb-)

  1. The blocking of a body passage, as by clogging or stricture.

  2. The state of being obstructed.

  3. Something, such as a mass or stricture, that obstructs.

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