obstructionism

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noun ob·struc·tion·ism \ əb-ˈstrək-shə-ˌni-zəm , äb- \

Definition of obstructionism

:deliberate interference with the progress or business especially of a legislative body

obstructionist

play \əb-ˈstrək-sh(ə-)nist, äb-\ noun or adjective

obstructionistic

play \əb-ˌstrək-shə-ˈni-stik, äb-\ adjective

Examples of obstructionism in a Sentence

  1. They accused the other political party of obstructionism.

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First Known Use of obstructionism

1879


OBSTRUCTIONISM Defined for English Language Learners

obstructionism

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Definition of obstructionism for English Language Learners

  • : things that are done to stop or delay the progress of a legal or political process


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