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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Over the next year, the charge was changed to criminal contempt, and an obstruction charge was added. Washington Post, "Attempted deportation of Palestinian man reveals tangled legal odyssey," 15 June 2019 That remark emboldened Democrats who would like to see impeachment proceedings launched, despite a determination by Attorney General William Barr that Trump's actions did not warrant obstruction charges. John Wagner, Anchorage Daily News, "Former White House counsel Dean describes parallels between Trump and Nixon," 10 June 2019 Trump has made that assertion repeatedly, echoing Barr's judgment that there was not enough evidence in the report to support a criminal obstruction charge. Mary Clare Jalonick, chicagotribune.com, "Democrats begin public airing of Mueller report," 9 June 2019 Barr later said there was insufficient evidence to bring obstruction charges against Trump. Hope Yen, The Seattle Times, "Schiff: Amash criticism not enough to push Trump impeachment," 20 May 2019 Lewis pleaded guilty to an obstruction charge in exchange for testimony against the two other men who were charged. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "LeSean 'Shady' McCoy's reported attorney has history of high-profile cases," 12 July 2018 Now, Leslie Lynn Heburn, 37, of Miami could go to prison for up to 10 years after pleading guilty Tuesday to an obstruction charge in the same federal court. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "She was supposed to keep her mouth shut. Now, this Miami juror faces prison for blabbing," 20 June 2018 The latest obstruction charges bolster Mueller’s case by laying out the argument that Manafort had corrupt intent to hide his activities, according to former prosecutors. Fortune, "Robert Mueller's Latest Indictment Bolsters His Case Against Trump Campaign Chair," 9 June 2018 The latest indictment also levies the same obstruction charges against Konstantin Kilimnik, a Manafort business partner who Mueller alleges has ties to Russian intelligence. Chris Megerian, latimes.com, "Paul Manafort faces new indictment with witness tampering allegations; Russian business partner also charged," 8 June 2018

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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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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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