• Impediment


    From Latin impedimentum.


    • IPA: /ɪmˈpedɪmənt/

    Full definition of impediment



    (plural impediments)
    1. A hindrance; that which impedes or hinders progress.
      • ShakespeareThus far into the bowels of the land
        Have we marched on without impediment.
      • 1818, Mary Shelley, Frankenstein Chapter 2, I had gazed upon the fortifications and impediments that seemed to keep human beings from entering the citadel of nature, and rashly and ignorantly I had repined.
    2. Working in a noisy factory left him with a slight hearing impediment.
    3. (chiefly in the plural) Baggage, especially that of an army; impedimenta
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