• WordNet 3.6
    • n impediment any structure that makes progress difficult
    • n impediment something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Impediment That which impedes or hinders progress, motion, activity, or effect. "Thus far into the bowels of the land
      Have we marched on without impediment ."
      "The eloquence of Demosthenes was to Philip of Macedon, a difficulty to be met with his best resources, an obstacle to his own ambition, and an impediment in his political career."
    • v. t Impediment To impede.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n impediment That which impedes or hinders progress; hindrance; obstruction; obstacle.
    • impediment To impede.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Impediment that which impedes: hinderance: a defect preventing fluent speech
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  • Francis Bacon
    “He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments. Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “There is no greater impediment to progress in the sciences than the desire to see it take place too quickly.”
  • Honore De Balzac
    “Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself.”
  • Patrick Campbell
    Patrick Campbell
    “From my earliest days I have enjoyed an attractive impediment in my speech. I have never permitted the use of the word stammer. I can't say it myself.”
  • Thomas Reid
    Thomas Reid
    “There is no greater impediment to the advancement of knowledge than the ambiguity of words.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. impedimentum,: cf. F. impediment,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. impedīrein, in, pes, pedis, a foot.


In literature:

Crossed by no light impediment, my Queen.
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
The size of the unions was a great impediment to the working of the poor law.
"The Land-War In Ireland (1870)" by James Godkin
My comrades were no impediment to that, I can tell you.
"The Woman Thou Gavest Me" by Hall Caine
Among the substances here examined, hare's fur offered the greatest impediment to the transmission of the heat.
"The Art of Travel" by Francis Galton
As yet all had been conducted with tolerable propriety, the funeral met with no impediment.
"Varney the Vampire" by Thomas Preskett Prest
Long may such impediments exist!
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
Another impediment to proper cultivation is found in the old habit of what is called free pasturage.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece" by John Addington Symonds
Wherefore it behoveth thee to cast away impediments to grace, if thou willest to receive the inpouring thereof.
"The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-day" by Evelyn Underhill
Swaddling bands, necessary for the protection of an infant, are an impediment to a growing boy.
"The Awakening of China" by W.A.P. Martin
Others, as stones and smoke, seem also to move of themselves when external impediments are taken away.
"The Advance of Science in the Last Half-Century" by T.H. (Thomas Henry) Huxley

In news:

Logjams were impediment to traffic along river.
To the marriage of true minds I admitted an impediment on our 28th anniversary, unaccountably forgetting to give Mary a card, a failure of the heart rendered all the more stark when I saw, in her card, that she'd opened her heart to me.
You can sum up Florida Sen Marco Rubio's biggest impediment to being chosen vice president in two words: David Rivera.
So how can a system improve if the forms and formats are an impediment.
So why are state leaders prone to throwing more and more impediments before voters.
A pardon clears any legal impediments for a person who wants to obtain certain jobs and professional licenses, and provides other legal advantages in the state.
Proper rest will not be an impediment to R.A. Dickey working in, and potentially starting for the National League, in the All-Star Game.
Drug abuse and addiction continue to ravage the African -American community and are particular impediments for African -American men.
An Arizona judge says the state must proceed with allowing creation of dispensaries authorized by its voter-approved medical marijuana law, a step that may remove a major impediment to full implementation.
With a majority of ISVs adopting an offshore model for their product development needs, immediate impediments can be addressed by choosing a right-sized offshoring partner.
Most residents at that lengthy public hearing spoke against the proposal that would add a new bridge and one-and-a-half miles of new rail line, calling it an impediment to residential quality of life.
Construction no impediment to 34th Street Christmas parade.
But up until now, the complexity of the process has been an impediment.
PANAMA CITY — The biggest impediment to attracting a major aerospace company — or any high-tech company for that matter — to Bay County is the lack of a skilled workforce, a top economic official said Wednesday.
Will one-party rule become an impediment to the country's future modernization and prosperity.

In science:

A final impediment to progress is the rarity of fully-operational data-reduction pipelines for multi-ob ject spectrographs.
Kinematics of Globular Cluster Systems
As was found in , the A5 is the source of the impediment to consistently subtracting divergence from the one-loop corrections.
A Kaluza-Klein Model with Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking: Light-Particle Effective Action and its Compactification Scale Dependence
The issue of how much symmetry a general stationary black hole must possess is probably the main impediment to progress with the classification problem.
Black Holes in Higher Dimensions
An impediment to applying this conceptualization to comparative studies is that their samples need not represent background populations.
Covariate Balance in Simple, Stratified and Clustered Comparative Studies
Despite this technical impediment, however, the spirit of the suggestion is sound; one might hope the check based on d2 would perform more reliably.
Covariate Balance in Simple, Stratified and Clustered Comparative Studies