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1. impediment

noun. ['ˌɪmˈpɛdəmənt'] something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress.

Synonyms

  • difficulty
  • hindrance
  • bind
  • albatross
  • millstone
  • check
  • balk
  • hinderance
  • diriment impediment
  • deterrent
  • baulk
  • obstruction
  • straitjacket
  • obstacle
  • handicap

Antonyms

  • unfreeze
  • unblock
  • remember
  • ability

Etymology

  • impedimentum (Latin)
  • -mentum (Latin)

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Rhymes with Impediment

  • sediment

How do you pronounce impediment?

Pronounce impediment as ˌɪmˈpɛdəmənt.

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Sentences with impediment


1. Noun, singular or mass
Bundle branch block is an impediment that delays the impulses that make the heart beat.

Quotes about impediment


1. It is true that the aristocracies seem to have abused their monopoly of legal knowledge; and at all events their exclusive possession of the law was a formidable impediment to the success of those popular movements which began to be universal in the western world.
- Henry James Sumner Maine

2. impediment

noun. ['ˌɪmˈpɛdəmənt'] any structure that makes progress difficult.

Synonyms

  • preventative
  • bar
  • obstruction
  • barrier
  • hitch
  • obstructor
  • hindrance
  • structure
  • hinderance
  • incumbrance
  • preventive
  • closure
  • obstructer
  • interference
  • stop
  • encumbrance
  • occlusion
  • stoppage
  • tumbler
  • blockade
  • impedimenta
  • construction
  • blockage
  • obstacle

Antonyms

  • free
  • natural object
  • unstuff
  • show

Etymology

  • impedimentum (Latin)
  • -mentum (Latin)
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