Definition of obstacle in English:

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obstacle

Pronunciation: /ˈäbstək(ə)l/

noun

A thing that blocks one’s way or prevents or hinders progress: the major obstacle to achieving that goal is money
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
barrier, hurdle, stumbling block, obstruction, bar, block, impediment, hindrance, snag, catch, drawback, hitch, handicap, deterrent, complication, difficulty, problem, disadvantage, curb, check
informal fly in the ointment, monkey wrench (in the works)

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin obstaculum, from obstare 'impede', from ob- 'against' + stare 'stand'.

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