Definition of impediment in English:

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Pronunciation: /imˈpedəmənt/


1A hindrance or obstruction in doing something: a serious impediment to scientific progress
More example sentences
  • Certainly there was no major legal impediment to multifunctional banking, in which commercial and investment banking are combined.
  • But compliance costs are a very major impediment to growth for smaller businesses.
  • There should be no greater legal impediment to the movement and trade in one case than in the others.
hindrance, obstruction, obstacle, barrier, bar, block, handicap, check, curb, restriction, limitation;
setback, difficulty, snag, hitch, hurdle, stumbling block
informal fly in the ointment, hiccup, (monkey) wrench in the works, glitch
archaic cumber
1.1 (also speech impediment) A defect in a person’s speech, such as a lisp or stammer.
Example sentences
  • ‘His lisp was a natural speech impediment, but I think [the producers] were concerned over how it would be received,’ he says.
  • Is stuttering considered a speech impediment or a learning disability?
  • It also brought out that the young Erika had a speech impediment - a stammer that was so bad she had to go to a special school for one year!
stammer, stutter, lisp



Pronunciation: /ˌimˌpedəˈmen(t)l/


Late Middle English: from Latin impedimentum, from impedire (see impede).

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Syllabification: im·ped·i·ment

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