- to retard in movement or progress by means of obstacles or hindrances; obstruct; hinder.
Origin of impede
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Antonyms for impede
Related Words for unimpededunlimited, unhampered, bare, empty, free, open, smooth, stark, unblocked, unobstructed, vacant, vacuous, void
Examples from the Web for unimpeded
Contemporary Examples of unimpeded
I did a lot of my growing up on a farm in rural Indiana and became used to this kind of unimpeded access to the past.How Gettysburg Did Not Unlock the Past
September 21, 2014
Since that break he had been progressing, markedly but unimpeded, toward larger and more horrendous acts of violence.Don’t Call Navy Yard Gunman Aaron Alexis a Veteran
September 18, 2013
Historical Examples of unimpeded
Here it was narrower, there wider, but throughout its length it was free and unimpeded."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"
A few of them, however, received the unimpeded flow of complete batteries.Spacehounds of IPC
Edward Elmer Smith
This ice was practically all melted now, and the view across the flats was unimpeded.The Huntress
A fundamental condition of exercise is unimpeded respiration.Manual of Military Training
James A. Moss
The ground was too open, the zone of fire too unimpeded, the shooting too steady.For Fortune and Glory
- not impeded; unhindered
- (tr) to restrict or retard in action, progress, etc; hinder; obstruct
Word Origin for impede
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.