ob·​struc·​tion·​ism | \ əb-ˈstrək-shə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce obstructionism (audio) , äb-\

Definition of obstructionism

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

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Other Words from obstructionism

obstructionist \ əb-​ˈstrək-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce obstructionist (audio) , äb-​ \ noun or adjective
obstructionistic \ əb-​ˌstrək-​shə-​ˈni-​stik How to pronounce obstructionistic (audio) , äb-​ \ adjective

Examples of obstructionism in a Sentence

They accused the other political party of obstructionism.

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The American public sees through the pure hateful harassment and obstructionism of Dems who can’t swallow being beat by a reality show host. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: DIA debacle; Misuse of office; Reality taking hold; Don’t drink, don’t smoke … (6/3/19)," 3 June 2019 But the president must also make gains among voters by offering new policy proposals and drawing attention to Democratic obstructionism. Karl Rove, WSJ, "The Shutdown and the Next Election," 16 Jan. 2019 Clinton’s obstructionism simply added additional weight to our conviction. Ken Starr, WSJ, "The Impeached President," 31 Aug. 2018 Then pivot back to the conservative base by blaming the left for its obstructionism. Aziz Huq, Vox, "The faulty legal logic behind Trump’s birthright citizenship proposal.," 31 Oct. 2018 Related Some Republicans fear another contentious and possibly unsuccessful effort would muddy their message on health—that despite Democratic obstructionism in blocking repeal, the GOP has done its best to chip away at the ACA in smaller ways. Siobhan Hughes, WSJ, "New Push to Topple Affordable Care Act Looms," 25 May 2018 To do so would be a mistake, for Mr. Halevi is a fierce defender of Israel’s sovereignty as well as a clear-eyed observer of Palestinian obstructionism and disingenuousness. Daphne Merkin, WSJ, "‘Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor’ Review: Empathy With the Stranger," 7 June 2018 Boehner resigned before that vote could be taken — citing his frustration with obstructionism. Emily L. Mahoney, miamiherald, "What does the Congressional voting record of this GOP candidate for governor tell us?," 5 July 2018 But now, red-state Democrats waging tough re-election battles will have to spend all of August and September and October on the campaign trail answering hard questions about their complicity in Schumer's obstructionism. Jay Willis, GQ, "Why Justice Kennedy’s Retirement Is Even Worse Than You Think," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of obstructionism

1879, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of obstructionism

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

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