: something that interferes with movement or progress
: 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 Definition of IMPEDIMENT
: 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