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impediment


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Impediment  \Im*ped"i*ment\,  v.  t. 
  To  impede.  [R.]  --Bp.  Reynolds. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Impediment  \Im*ped"i*ment\,  n.  [L.  impedimentum:  cf  F. 
  impediment.] 
  That  which  impedes  or  hinders  progress,  motion,  activity,  or 
  effect. 
 
  Thus  far  into  the  bowels  of  the  land  Have  we  marched  on 
  without  impediment.  --Shak. 
 
  {Impediment  in  speech},  a  defect  which  prevents  distinct 
  utterance. 
 
  Syn:  Hindrance;  obstruction;  obstacle;  difficulty; 
  incumbrance. 
 
  Usage:  {Impediment},  {Obstacle},  {Difficulty},  {Hindrance}. 
  An  impediment  literally  strikes  against  our  feet, 
  checking  our  progress,  and  we  remove  it  An  obstacle 
  rises  before  us  in  our  path,  and  we  surmount  or  remove 
  it  A  difficulty  sets  before  us  something  hard  to  be 
  done  and  we  encounter  it  and  overcome  it  A  hindrance 
  holds  us  back  for  a  time,  but  we  break  away  from  it 
 
  The  eloquence  of  Demosthenes  was  to  Philip  of 
  Macedon,  a  difficulty  to  be  met  with  his  best 
  recources  ant  obstacle  to  his  own  ambition,  and 
  an  impedimen  in  his  political  career.  --C.  J. 
  Smith. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  impediment 
  n  1:  something  immaterial  that  interferes  with  or  delays  action 
  or  progress  [syn:  {hindrance},  {deterrent},  {handicap}] 
  2:  anything  that  makes  progress  difficult  [syn:  {obstruction}, 
  {impedimenta}] 




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