Origin of obstacleOld French from Classical Latin obstaculum, obstacle from obstare, to withstand from ob- (see ob-) + stare, to stand
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 obstacleMiddle English from Old French from Latin obstāculum from obstāre to hinder ob- against ; see ob- . stāre to stand ; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
From Old French obstacle.