Definition of impediment noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪmˈpedɪmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpedɪmənt//
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  1. 1impediment (to something) (formal) something that delays or stops the progress of something synonym obstacle The level of inflation is a serious impediment to economic recovery. Their boycott of the talks constitutes a serious impediment to peace negotiations. There are no legal impediments to their appealing against the decision.
  2. 2a physical problem that makes it difficult to speak normally a speech impediment
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin impedimentum, from impedire ‘shackle the feet of’, based on pes, ped- ‘foot’.
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