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impediment

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noun im·ped·i·ment \im-ˈpe-də-mənt\

Simple Definition of impediment

  • : something that makes it difficult to do or complete something : something that interferes with movement or progress

  • : a condition that makes it difficult to speak normally

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of impediment

  1. 1 :  something that impedes; especially :  an impairment (as a stutter or a lisp) that interferes with the proper articulation of speech

  2. 2 :  a bar or hindrance (as lack of sufficient age) to a lawful marriage

Examples of impediment in a sentence

  1. <tough going for the burros on the canyon trail, even without the added impediment of heavy loads>



14th Century

First Known Use of impediment

14th century



IMPEDIMENT Defined for Kids

impediment

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noun im·ped·i·ment \im-ˈpe-də-mənt\

Definition of impediment for Students

  1. 1 :  something that interferes with movement or progress

  2. 2 :  a condition that makes it difficult to speak normally



Word Root of impediment

The Latin word pes, meaning “foot,” and its form pedis give us the root ped. A pedestrian is a person who travels on foot. Before trains, planes, and cars, an expedition, or journey, was often carried out by foot. An impediment makes movement or progress difficult, as if getting in the way of the feet.


Medical Dictionary

impediment

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noun im·ped·i·ment \im-ˈped-ə-mənt\

Medical Definition of impediment

  1. :  something that impedes <children with deafness or hearing impediments>; especially :  an impairment (as a stutter or a lisp) that interferes with the proper articulation of speech




Law Dictionary

impediment

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noun im·ped·i·ment \im-ˈpe-də-mənt\

Legal Definition of impediment

  1. :  something that prevents or interferes with a process, power, or right <should have known of the legal impediments to the execution of any judgment against the police jury — Penalber v. Blount, 550 So. 2d 577 (1989)>; specifically :  a bar to the formation of a valid contract or marriage — compare nullity





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