- to block or close up with an obstacle; make difficult to pass: Debris obstructed the road.
- to interrupt, hinder, or oppose the passage, progress, course, etc., of.
- to block from sight; to be in the way of (a view, passage, etc.).
Origin of obstruct
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Examples from the Web for obstructive
Snoring is a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, when your airway collapses or becomes blocked during sleep.6 Sleep Myths to Finally Put to Bed
March 23, 2014
If Andros was peremptory, the Puritan councillors were obstructive.The Fathers of New England
Charles M. Andrews
Here, again, there was an obstructive bar placed across the road.Chelsea
The masters had been selfish and obstructive, the men selfish, silly, and light-headed.Essays of Travel
Robert Louis Stevenson
As usual Cologne was one of the most restive and obstructive of all the towns.The Hansa Towns
The objector had overrated the obstructive power of his honoured parent.Hard Cash
- to block (a road, passageway, etc) with an obstacle
- to make (progress or activity) difficult
- to impede or block a clear view of
Word Origin and History for obstructive
1610s, a back-formation from obstruction or else from Latin obstructus, past participle of obstruere "to block, to stop up" (see obstruction). Related: Obstructed; obstructing.
- To block or close a body passage so as to hinder or interrupt a flow.