Part of speech: noun

A hindrance; obstruction.

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Usage examples "impediment":

  1. The great impediment is the force of things as they are, the huge vested interests, the iron network of vast enterprises frightened of losing profit. - "Another Sheaf", John Galsworthy.
  2. In a cold climate and wintry weather, the grand impediment to ventilating rooms by opening doors or windows is the dangerous currents thus produced, which are so injurious to the delicate ones that for their sake it can not be done. - "The American Woman's Home", Catherine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe.
  3. For the rest, it clearly directs, that the elections be made without impediment; and confirmed after examination, agreeable to the disposition of the common law. - "The Power Of The Popes", Pierre Claude François Daunou.