- A thing that blocks one’s way or prevents or hinders progress: the major obstacle to achieving that goal is moneyMore example sentences
barrier, hurdle, stumbling block, bar, block, impediment, hindrance, snag, catch, drawback, hitch, handicap, deterrent, complication, difficulty, problem, disadvantage, baulk, curb, check, stop, interference; obstruction, barricade, blockadeBritish • informal spanner in the worksNorth American • informal monkey wrench in the works• dated cumber• literary trammel
- He said the religious site was just one of several obstacles blocking a peace deal.
- He added that it was the current transport ministers who were obstacles to further progress.
- Resistance is the process of avoiding change and is a major obstacle to progress.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin obstaculum, from obstare 'impede', from ob- 'against' + stare 'stand'.