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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Recent Examples on the Web The second part of the report outlines ten episodes involving possible obstruction of justice by the president. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 13 June 2021 Mathews specifically pleaded guilty to transporting a firearm and ammunition in interstate commerce with intent to commit a felony, being an alien in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and obstruction of justice. Washington Post, 10 June 2021 Groseclose pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, which include civil disorder and obstruction of an official proceeding. Olivia Rubin, ABC News, 10 June 2021 Brumley faces charges of vehicular manslaughter, obstruction of official business, two counts of driving under suspension, and one count of fictitious license plates. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 9 June 2021 House Democrats initially sought Mr. McGahn’s testimony in an investigation about whether the conduct described in Mr. Mueller’s probe constituted obstruction of justice. Byron Tau, WSJ, 9 June 2021 That's a rarity in an era of division as pressure grows on Democrats to change Senate rules to push past obstruction and gridlock. Kevin Freking, Star Tribune, 8 June 2021 Recently, Biden has cowered at Republican obstruction of his infrastructure bill, preemptively lowering its price tag. Jeff Hauser, The New Republic, 8 June 2021 During an interview with Madeira, Delaney voiced dissatisfaction that Indiana's laws at the time left him unable to charge Cline with anything other than obstruction of justice. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, 8 June 2021

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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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16 Jun 2021

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“Obstruction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obstruction. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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