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Line breaks: im¦pedi|ment
Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpɛdɪm(ə)nt

Definition of impediment in English:


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.
2 (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!


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



Pronunciation: /-ˈmɛnt(ə)l/

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