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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The player has overcome a speech impediment that slowed him everywhere but on the field.
Money won’t be an impediment for the 49ers, who are scheduled to have an NFL-high $116 million salary-cap space in 2018, according to overthecap.com.
The other impediment to gym culture was a lack of disposable income.
Besides blue slips, the other remaining impediment to a flurry of judicial confirmations is time – Senate floor time that is.
Ryan also alluded to Congress’s fraught recent history on immigration, which is the other major impediment to a quick legislative response.
The meandering 19th-century layout of some of the country’s most critical railroad lines is an impediment to speeding up overall travel times, such as in the Pacific Northwest and coastal New England on the Northeast Corridor.
Just Got a 2018 Upgrade Of course, there's an obvious impediment to protesting in the dead of winter.
In some eyes, the message contained in the bills is as disturbing as the practical impediments.
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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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