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Definition 1: any structure that makes progress difficult - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for impediment in the sense of this definition

(impediment is a kind of ...) a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

"the structure consisted of a series of arches" "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"

(... is a kind of impediment ) an obstruction (usually metal) placed at the top of a goal

"it was an excellent kick but the ball hit the bar"

(... is a kind of impediment ) a structure or object that impedes free movement

(... is a kind of impediment ) prevents access or progress

(... is a kind of impediment ) an obstruction in a pipe or tube

"we had to call a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe"

(... is a kind of impediment ) any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome

(... is a kind of impediment ) an obstruction that stands in the way (and must be removed or surmounted or circumvented)

(... is a kind of impediment ) a movable obstruction in a lock that must be adjusted to a given position (as by a key) before the bolt can be thrown

Definition 2: something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for impediment in the sense of this definition

(impediment is a kind of ...) a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result

"serious difficulties were encountered in obtaining a pure reagent"

(... is a kind of impediment ) (figurative) something that hinders or handicaps

"she was an albatross around his neck"

(... is a kind of impediment ) something that hinders as if with bonds

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

(... is a kind of impediment ) something that slows or delays progress

"taxation is a drag on the economy" "too many laws are a drag on the use of new land"

(... is a kind of impediment ) something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted

"lack of imagination is an obstacle to one's advancement" "the poverty of a district is an obstacle to good education" "the filibuster was a major obstruction to the success of their plan"

(... is a kind of impediment ) anything immaterial that severely hinders or confines

"they defected because Russian dance was in a straitjacket" "the government is operating in an economic straitjacket"

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