verb (used with object)

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

First recorded in 1605–15, obstruct is from the Latin word obstructus (past participle of obstruere to build or pile up in the way, bar). See ob-, construct
Related formsob·struct·ed·ly, adverbob·struct·er, ob·struc·tor, nounob·struct·ing·ly, adverbob·struc·tive, adjectiveob·struc·tive·ly, adverbob·struc·tive·ness, ob·struc·tiv·i·ty [ob-struhk-tiv-i-tee] /ˌɒb strʌkˈtɪv ɪ ti/, nounnon·ob·struc·tive, adjectivenon·ob·struc·tive·ly, adverbnon·ob·struc·tive·ness, nounpre·ob·struct, verb (used with object)un·ob·struct·ed, adjectiveun·ob·struc·tive, adjective

Synonyms for obstruct

Antonyms for obstruct

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Related Words for unobstructed

clear, free, open, unimpeded, unhampered

Examples from the Web for unobstructed

Contemporary Examples of unobstructed

Historical Examples of unobstructed

  • The top of the chaise was down, so that the view was unobstructed on every side.

  • From the cape where they now stood an unobstructed view was had to the south.

  • The small boy heaved a sigh of ecstasy at his unobstructed view.

    Still Jim

    Honor Willsie Morrow

  • The front gate commanded an unobstructed view of the desert.

  • If she had wished to proceed the path now lay clear and unobstructed before her.

    The Day of Wrath

    Maurus Jkai

British Dictionary definitions for unobstructed



(of a passageway, view, etc) not blocked by any object


verb (tr)

to block (a road, passageway, etc) with an obstacle
to make (progress or activity) difficult
to impede or block a clear view of
Derived Formsobstructor, nounobstructive, adjective, nounobstructively, adverbobstructiveness, noun

Word Origin for obstruct

C17: Latin obstructus built against, past participle of obstruere, from ob- against + struere to build
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Word Origin and History for unobstructed

1650s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of obstruct.



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.

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unobstructed in Medicine


[əb-strŭkt, ŏb-]


To block or close a body passage so as to hinder or interrupt a flow.
Related formsob•structive adj.
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