- to retard in movement or progress by means of obstacles or hindrances; obstruct; hinder.
Origin of impede
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slow, delay, check, stop, block, thwart.
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- (tr) to restrict or retard in action, progress, etc; hinder; obstruct
C17: from Latin impedīre to hinder, literally: shackle the feet, from pēs foot
Word Origin and History for impedible
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.
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