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IMPEDIMENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does impediment mean? 

IMPEDIMENT (noun)
  The noun IMPEDIMENT has 2 senses:

1. something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
2. any structure that makes progress difficult

  Familiarity information: IMPEDIMENT used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


IMPEDIMENT (noun)


Sense 1impediment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

hindrance; hinderance; deterrent; impediment; balk; baulk; handicap; check

Hypernyms ("impediment" is a kind of...):

difficulty (a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "impediment"):

albatross; millstone ((figurative) something that hinders or handicaps)

bind (something that hinders as if with bonds)

diriment impediment ((canon law) an impediment that invalidates a marriage (such as the existence of a prior marriage))

drag (something that slows or delays progress)

obstacle; obstruction (something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted)

straitjacket (anything immaterial that severely hinders or confines)


Sense 2impediment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any structure that makes progress difficult

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

impedimenta; obstruction; impediment; obstructer; obstructor

Hypernyms ("impediment" is a kind of...):

construction; structure (a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "impediment"):

bar (an obstruction (usually metal) placed at the top of a goal)

tumbler (a movable obstruction in a lock that must be adjusted to a given position (as by a key) before the bolt can be thrown)

obstacle (an obstruction that stands in the way (and must be removed or surmounted or circumvented))

encumbrance; hinderance; hindrance; hitch; incumbrance; interference; preventative; preventive (any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome)

block; blockage; closure; occlusion; stop; stoppage (an obstruction in a pipe or tube)

blockade (prevents access or progress)

barrier (a structure or object that impedes free movement)


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