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obstructionism

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noun ob·struc·tion·ism \-shə-ˌni-zəm\

Simple Definition of obstructionism

  • : things that are done to stop or delay the progress of a legal or political process

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of obstructionism

  1. :  deliberate interference with the progress or business especially of a legislative body

obstructionist

play \-sh(ə-)nist\ noun or adjective

obstructionistic

play \-ˌstrək-shə-ˈnis-tik\ adjective

Examples of obstructionism in a sentence

  1. They accused the other political party of obstructionism.



1879

First Known Use of obstructionism

1879


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