Definition of obstructionism in English:

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Pronunciation: /əbˈstrəkSHəˌnizəm/
Pronunciation: /äbˈstrəkSHəˌnizəm/


The practice of deliberately impeding or delaying the course of legal, legislative, or other procedures.
Example sentences
  • The party surely dread the kind of obstructionism they themselves practiced during the last Congress.
  • This is the very definition of obstructionism: To delay a foregone conclusion for the sake of a petty protest.
  • To the general astonishment the Duke d' Orléans, head of the junior branch of the royal family and heir to a long tradition of obstructionism, suddenly rose and protested that this was not legal.



Pronunciation: /əbˈstrəkSHənəst/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • An aggressive, obstructionist Duma (Russia's lower house of parliament) dominated by Communists blocked any attempt at reform.
  • They should crusade for changes in Senate procedures that would prevent an obstructionist minority from delaying action indefinitely.
  • We can't ask others to play by rules we write concerning the global economy, only to then be obstructionists when it comes to necessary action to protect the environment.

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Syllabification: ob·struc·tion·ism

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