- The definition of a stumbling block is an obstacle or problem in the way of some desired aim.
An example of a stumbling block is the lack of a driver's license when planning a road trip.
stumbling block definition by Webster's New World
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an obstacle, hindrance, or difficulty standing in the way of progress or understanding
stumbling block definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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An obstacle or impediment.
stumbling block - Phrases/Idioms
A hindrance or obstacle, as in His lack of a degree is a real stumbling block to his advancement. This term originally meant “a tree stump over which one trips.” Its figurative use dates from the early 1500s.