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 Fujimori herself is the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation into alleged money laundering and obstruction of justice. Washington Post, "Two Andean elections reflect an age of global discontent," 13 Apr. 2021 That life came to an end in October 2019, when he was criminally charged by the Justice Department and soon after pleaded guilty to tax evasion, foreign-lobbying violations, campaign-finance charges and obstruction of justice. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Alleged CIA Ties Figure in Case of Convicted Political Donor," 9 Apr. 2021 In a memorandum filed Wednesday a week ahead of her sentencing date, the U.S. Attorney’s office pointed out that the maximum punishment for Champion-Cain’s criminal charges of conspiracy, securities fraud and obstruction of justice is 15 years. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Champion-Cain should spend nearly 11 years behind bars for Ponzi scheme, prosecutors recommend," 24 Mar. 2021 On March 12, 2019, Rick pled guilty to all the charges brought against him, including racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and obstruction of justice. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "The Surprising Truth About Where Rick Singer Is Now After the Operation Varsity Blues Scandal," 20 Mar. 2021 In May 2019, Singer pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering, racketeering, tax evasion, and obstruction of justice, and admitted to working with over 750 families. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "Where The Operation Varsity Blues Ringleader’s Case Stands Now," 17 Mar. 2021 He was charged with racketeering, money laundering, conspiracy to defraud the US, and obstruction of justice. Zoe Guy, Marie Claire, "Where Is Rick Singer Now?," 17 Mar. 2021 Both men have been charged with three counts of assaulting federal officers, conspiracy to injure officers, civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, physical violence on restricted grounds, violent entry and aiding and abetting. Alexander Mallin, ABC News, "Two men arrested in assault on Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick," 15 Mar. 2021 His obstruction won’t stop me from keeping TX free & open! Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "Texas Attorney General sues Austin for refusing to lift mask mandate," 12 Mar. 2021

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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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17 Apr 2021

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“Obstruction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obstruction. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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