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Noun: impediment  im'pe-du-munt
  1. Something that interferes with (or delays) action or progress
    - hindrance, hinderance, deterrent, balk, baulk [Brit], check, handicap
  2. Any structure that makes progress difficult
    - obstruction, obstructor, obstructer, impedimenta

Derived forms: impediments

Type of: construction, difficultness, difficulty, fix [informal], hole [informal], jam [informal], kettle of fish [informal], mess [informal], muddle [informal], pickle [informal], structure

Encyclopedia: Impediment