Definition of obstacle
- Mosquitoes were a great obstacle to the building of the Panama Canal.
- … elders … often facing daily medical, social, and psychological obstacles.
- —Vicki Bloom and B. B. Green-Field
He overcame the obstacles of poverty and neglect.
They must overcome a number of obstacles before the restaurant can be opened.
Lack of experience is a major obstacle for her opponent.
She swerved to avoid an obstacle in the road.
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balk, bar, block, chain, clog, cramp, crimp, deterrent, drag, embarrassment, encumbrance, fetter, handicap, hindrance, holdback, hurdle, impediment, inhibition, interference, manacle, obstruction, shackles, stop, stumbling block, trammel;
: something that makes it difficult to do something
: an object that you have to go around or over : something that blocks your path
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