Definition of obstruction
- an intestinal obstruction
- She died from an obstruction of the airway.
- Passage of the law was delayed by the congressman's obstruction.
- removing obstructions that block the path
- a view without obstruction
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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balk, bar, block, chain, clog, cramp, crimp, deterrent, drag, embarrassment, encumbrance, fetter, handicap, hindrance, holdback, hurdle, impediment, inhibition, interference, manacle, obstacle, shackles, stop, stumbling block, trammel;
: 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
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without deliberation, pause, or delay
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