ob·​struc·​tion | \ əb-ˈstrək-shən How to pronounce obstruction (audio) , äb- \

Definition of obstruction

1a : the state of being obstructed especially : a condition of being clogged or blocked an intestinal obstruction She died from an obstruction of the airway.
b : an act of obstructing Passage of the law was delayed by the congressman's obstruction.
2 : something that obstructs removing obstructions that block the path a view without obstruction

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Examples of obstruction in a Sentence

They are removing trees and other obstructions from the path. cases of intestinal obstruction in children She died from an obstruction of the airway. He is on trial for the obstruction of a criminal investigation.
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Recent Examples on the Web The authorities in South Korea have said misinformation related to the virus would fall under laws on obstruction of official duties and defamation, according to The Korea Herald. Daniel Victor, New York Times, "It’s April Fools’ Day, So a K-Pop Star Pulled a Coronavirus Prank," 1 Apr. 2020 No Republicans voted to remove the president on the obstruction of Congress charge. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, "Mo Brooks tweets ‘Mexican Word of the Day’ meme to needle Dems on impeachment," 7 Feb. 2020 Bourget was indicted on two counts of deprivation of civil rights under color of law and Lavorato was indicted on obstruction of an official proceeding and destruction and falsification of records in a federal investigation. Christina Maxouris And Rebekah Riess, CNN, "Two correctional officers injured a federal prison inmate and then tried to cover it up, Justice Department says," 7 Feb. 2020 On the obstruction of Congress article, the vote also failed, with all Democrats and no Republicans finding the president guilty. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Senate Acquits Trump on Both Impeachment Articles," 6 Feb. 2020 The Senate acquitted the president in a party-line vote on obstruction of Congress. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Trump flaunts Senate acquittal at National Prayer Breakfast," 6 Feb. 2020 But not for long Similarly, on the obstruction of Congress charge, the defense plans to show that Trump’s actions in refusing to comply with subpoenas were legal. Tessa Berenson, Time, "How Trump and His Lawyers Have Been Getting Ready for His Impeachment Defense," 25 Jan. 2020 Mueller said Trump could not be exonerated on obstruction of justice and left it to Congress to decide what to do. Zeke Miller, The Denver Post, "Inside impeachment: How an “urgent” tip became “high crimes”," 22 Dec. 2019 On the second charge, obstruction of Congress, a third Democrat joined Republicans in opposition. Arkansas Online, "House impeaches Trump," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of obstruction

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of obstruction was in 1533

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8 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Obstruction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obstruction. Accessed 10 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of obstruction

: something that blocks something else and makes it difficult for things to move through
: the condition of being blocked so that things cannot move through easily
: the act of making it difficult for something to happen or move forward


ob·​struc·​tion | \ əb-ˈstrək-shən How to pronounce obstruction (audio) \

Kids Definition of obstruction

1 : an act of blocking or hindering : the state of having something that blocks or hinders
2 : something that gets in the way : obstacle


ob·​struc·​tion | \ əb-ˈstrək-shən, äb- How to pronounce obstruction (audio) \

Medical Definition of obstruction

1a : an act of obstructing
b : a condition of being clogged or blocked intestinal obstruction
2 : something that obstructs dislodge an airway obstruction

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