Definition of impediment noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    impediment

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    noun
    NAmE//ɪmˈpɛdəmənt//
     
     
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  1. 1impediment (to something) something that delays or stops the progress of something synonym obstacle The level of inflation is a serious impediment to economic recovery.
  2. 2a physical problem that makes it difficult to speak normally a speech impediment
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