Examples of impediment in a Sentence
tough going for the burros on the canyon trail, even without the added impediment of heavy loads
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Earlier this month on her radio show, Ingraham lumped Tillis with McCain and Flake as impediments to the president’s agenda.
Tiffany has said that such mining can be done safely and the moratorium is an impediment.
His more famous teammate is probably an impediment to his cause, but if this level of offense is for real, Simmons could wind up in these discussions annually.
The order also establishes an inter-agency working group to identify and remove impediments in regulations and environmental permitting policies.
Apparently, its corporate focus on secrecy has been an impediment in recruiting talent (some of whom come from academe and discern publishing as essential).
Yellen discussed it at length during Senate testimony last week and regional Fed banks say companies in their areas cite it as a hiring impediment.
The tree used to block part of the seventh hole's tee shot, but that impediment is gone.
Landrieu received widespread praise for his remarks on race relations and how Confederate symbols represent an impediment toward the future rather than a romanticized past.
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Impediment comes from a Latin verb that meant "to interfere with" or "to get in the way of progress", as if by tripping up the feet of someone walking. In English, impediment still suggests an obstruction or obstacle along a path; for example, a lack of adequate roads and bridges would be called an impediment to economic development. Impediments usually get in the way of something we want. So we may speak of an impediment to communication, marriage, or progress--but something that slows the progress of aging, disease, or decay is rarely called an impediment.
First Known Use of impediment
Synonymsbalk, bar, block, chain, clog, cramp, crimp, deterrent, drag, embarrassment, fetter, handicap, hindrance, holdback, hurdle, encumbrance, inhibition, interference, let, manacle, obstacle, obstruction, shackles, stop, stumbling block, trammel
Related Wordscatch, hitch, rub, snag; barrier, blockade, blockage, brick wall, stone wall; arrest, bit, brake, check, constraint, curb, hobble, rein, restraint; embargo, stoppage; delay, holdup, stall; burden, cumber, load; danger, hazard, peril, reef; adversity, difficulty, disadvantage, drawback, hardship
Near Antonymscatalyst, goad, impetus, incentive, spur, stimulant, stimulus; advantage, break, edge; aid, assistance, benefit, boost, handmaiden (also handmaid), help
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- 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)
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