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
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.
Recent Examples of obstruction from the Web
That raised questions about whether Trump had committed obstruction of justice, a federal crime cited in the articles of impeachment drafted against Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.
Fletcher, who had not previously been arrested in the case, was indicted on charges of obstruction of justice, intimidating or impeding a witness, and cruelty to a juvenile for unspecified acts against the girl.
Every time that he has been faced with a new story connected to the role of Russia in the election or about the allegations of obstruction of justice, President Trump has blasted the leakers.
When first using the grill after storage, check for animals nests or other obstructions in the grill.
In the end -- Knight and Krueger were charged with several counts of computer fraud and abuse, as well as obstruction of justice.
Brazil plunged back into crisis when the Supreme Court authorized an investigation into President Michel Temer on accusations of passive corruption and obstruction of justice.
Brazil's top prosecutor is investigating Temer over allegations of corruption, obstruction of justice and criminal conspiracy.
Concert organizers demand the resignation of President Michel Temer, who is being investigated by Brazil’s high court for alleged obstruction of justice and involvement in corruption.
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First Known Use of obstruction
OBSTRUCTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of obstruction for English Language Learners
: 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
OBSTRUCTION Defined for Kids
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