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

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 on the Web Moody was arrested May 4 on an obstruction of justice charge. Fox News, 16 May 2022 The umpires ruled obstruction on Miranda and awarded second base to Gimenez. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 15 May 2022 The Democratic candidate looking to unseat Paul in this year’s election, Charles Booker, also denounced his obstruction. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 The senators, having come up alongside Gingrich, are more conservative and willing to engage in obstruction, Theriault argues. Julian Zelizer, CNN, 13 May 2022 Stop-and-go traffic is one thing, but the EQS won't be able to route itself around the obstruction on surface streets. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 12 May 2022 Damage to the nerves to the bladder is another cause of urine obstruction that can cause kidney damage. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 11 May 2022 State and local government obstruction is not the only barrier. Adam A. Millsap, Forbes, 2 May 2022 The ordinance comes after the village received a number of complaints from nearby residents regarding obstruction caused by vehicles parked on the west side of South Mitchell Avenue during services at Our Lady of the Wayside church. Elizabeth Owens-schiele, Chicago Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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23 May 2022

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“Obstruction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obstruction. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for obstruction


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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