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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The new filing comes two days after Mr. Mueller testified before Congress for the first time about the findings of his 22-month investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by Mr. Trump. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Raising Prospect of Impeaching Trump, House Seeks Mueller’s Grand Jury Secrets," 26 July 2019 Leonard was also indicted on charges of obstruction of justice and attempted first-degree murder of a fifth, surviving victim, Riley’s 12-year-old daughter, Adrianna. Olivia Prentzel, nola.com, "Jefferson Parish DA to seek death penalty for man accused of Terrytown quadruple murder," 20 June 2019 In his final report, Mueller detailed 10 instances of possible obstruction by Mr. Trump, including unsuccessfully ordering McGahn to fire Mueller in the summer of 2017. Emily Tillett, CBS News, "Nadler says House Judiciary will go to court to enforce Don McGahn subpoena," 25 July 2019 Stone is currently awaiting trial on charges of obstruction, lying and witness tampering. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Donald Trump’s buddy, Roger Stone, is so desperate that he’s begging the ‘lying’ media for money to stay out of jail," 25 July 2019 Though the probe did not result in charges of criminal conspiracy or obstruction, there has been growing concern among those close to the president that Mueller's appearance could push undecided or reluctant Democrats toward impeachment. Anchorage Daily News, "As Mueller speaks, Trump attacks, lobs baseless claims," 24 July 2019 And there is a clear, obvious case for proceeding on the grounds of obstruction, the details of which are artfully outlined in the Mueller report. Elizabeth Spiers, The New Republic, "Beyond Pelosi," 24 July 2019 When Representative Hakeem Jeffries, Democrat of New York, walked through an analysis suggesting that several episodes documented by Mr. Mueller met the criteria for obstruction of justice, the former special counsel tossed cold water his way. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "What We Learned From Mueller’s 7 Hours on Capitol Hill," 24 July 2019 No obstruction or witness tampering charges -- or any federal charges -- were brought by Acosta's prosecutors against Epstein. Kara Scannell And Brynn Gingras, CNN, "Jeffrey Epstein allegedly hired private investigators and engaged in a campaign of intimidation against accusers in Florida," 12 July 2019

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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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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