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obstruent Line breaks: ob|stru¦ent
Pronunciation: /ˈɒbstrʊənt/

Definition of obstruent in English:


A fricative or plosive speech sound.
Example sentences
  • The grid shows that only obstruents (STOP and fricative consonants) enter into the voiced/voiceless distinction.
  • She also found a sex-linked effect with initial sonorants vs. obstruents: obstruents were hotter on males, sonorants on females, though only the female effect was significant.
  • No such requirement holds if the first of the coda consonants is not an obstruent.


Mid 17th century: from Latin obstruent- 'blocking up', from the verb obstruere.

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