- The definition of an obstacle is something that gets in the way or that slows or stops progress.
- An example of an obstacle is not having the tuition money to go to college.
- An example of an obstacleis when a road block is set up in your way that prevents you from passing by.
This road block is an obstacle.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: OFr from Classical Latin obstaculum, obstacle from obstare, to withstand from ob- (see ob-) plush stare, to stand
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Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin obstāculum, from obstāre, to hinder : ob-, against; see ob- + stāre, to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots.