- Now Rare an impeding or being impeded; obstruction
- anything that impedes; specif.,
- a speech defect; stutter, lisp, stammer, etc.in full speech impediment
- anything preventing the making of a legal contract, esp. of a marriage contract
- R.C.Ch. anything making marriage or ordination invalid or illicit
- a speech defect; stutter, lisp, stammer, etc.
Origin of impedimentMiddle English from Classical Latin impedimentum, hindrance