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obstacle Line breaks: obs|tacle
Pronunciation: /ˈɒbstək(ə)l/

Definition of obstacle in English:


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.


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

Words that rhyme with obstacle

receptacle • equivocal
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