ob·struc·tion | \əb-ˈstrək-shən, 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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In June 2018, Mueller's team brought additional charges of obstruction of justice against Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik, an associate. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Who's been charged by Mueller in the Russia probe so far?," 13 July 2018 Ash faces an additional disorderly conduct charge, Whitmore-Ash faces a charge of obstruction of law enforcement officers and Whitmore faces a charge of furnishing, purchasing and possession of alcoholic beverages by persons below legal age. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "VIDEO: Parents allegedly buy minors beer at Brookhaven theater, then lie to cops," 12 July 2018 Bush had considered pardoning Caspar Weinberger, his pal from the Reagan administration, at the end of his first term, but knew the Democrats would accuse him of obstruction of justice. Neil Swidey, BostonGlobe.com, "How Democrats would be better off if Bill Clinton had never been president," 10 July 2018 To President Trump the report fully exonerated him from charges of obstruction of justice and collusion. NBC News, "Meet the Press - June 17, 2018," 17 June 2018 Those allegations led to a new indictment, released last week, accusing Manafort of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Eliza Fawcett, latimes.com, "Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will be jailed, federal judge rules," 15 June 2018 Because of these contacts and this testimony, Mueller got his DC grand jury to charge Manafort and Kilimnik with charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Paul Manafort just got sent to jail," 15 June 2018 Breyiana Brown, who was 20 at the time of the fatal shooting, was also convicted of obstruction of justice in the investigation into the death of 19-year-old Michelle Verasmende, court records show. Laura Mcknight, NOLA.com, "Woman, 22, found guilty of manslaughter in killing of 19-year-old woman," 24 May 2018 And the team led by special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating matters connected to Cohen as part of the broader inquiry of Russian election interference and possible obstruction of justice by the president. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Giuliani advises Trump not to pardon Cohen," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of obstruction

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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 \

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- \

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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