This road block is an obstacle.
- 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.
Origin of obstacleOld French ; from Classical Latin obstaculum, obstacle ; from obstare, to withstand ; from ob- (see ob-) + stare, to stand
Origin of obstacleMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin obstaculum, from obstare, to hinder : ob-, against; see ob– + stare, to stand; see sta- in Indo-European roots.
From Old French obstacle.