Dictionary.com

obstructionist

[ uhb-struhk-shuh-nist ]
/ əbˈstrʌk ʃə nɪst /
Save This Word!

noun

a person who deliberately delays or prevents progress.
a person who delays or obstructs the business before a legislative body by parliamentary contrivances or legalistic maneuvers.

QUIZZES

THINK YOU’VE GOT A HANDLE ON THIS US STATE NICKNAME QUIZ?

Did you ever collect all those state quarters? Put them to good use on this quiz about curious state monikers and the facts around them.
Question 1 of 8
Mississippi’s nickname comes from the magnificent trees that grow there. What is it?

Origin of obstructionist

First recorded in 1840–50; obstruction + -ist

OTHER WORDS FROM obstructionist

ob·struc·tion·ism, nounob·struc·tion·is·tic, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for obstructionist

British Dictionary definitions for obstructionist

obstructionist
/ (əbˈstrʌkʃənɪst) /

noun

  1. a person who deliberately obstructs business, esp in a legislature
  2. (as modifier)obstructionist tactics

Derived forms of obstructionist

obstructionism, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Tired of Typos? Get Help Now!