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Definition 1: an obstruction that stands in the way (and must be removed or surmounted or circumvented) - [noun denoting artifact]

(obstacle is a kind of ...) any structure that makes progress difficult

(... is a kind of obstacle ) an obstacle on a golf course

(... is a kind of obstacle ) any obstacle or impediment

(... is a kind of obstacle ) a pool or stream in a steeplechase or similar contest

Definition 2: something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where obstacle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for obstacle in the sense of this definition

(obstacle is a kind of ...) something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

(... is a kind of obstacle ) any condition that makes it difficult to make progress or to achieve an objective

"intolerance is a barrier to understanding"

(... is a kind of obstacle ) an unforeseen obstacle

(... is a kind of obstacle ) an obstacle that you are expected to overcome

"the last hurdle before graduation"

(... is a kind of obstacle ) a thwarting and distressing situation

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