Impediment meaning

ĭm-pĕd'ə-mənt
A hindrance; that which impedes or hinders progress.

Working in a noisy factory left him with a slight hearing impediment.

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The definition of an impediment is an obstacle or something that prevents action.

An example of impediment is a rain storm for a ball game.

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A physical defect, especially one that interferes with speech.
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Anything that impedes.
  • A speech defect; stutter, lisp, stammer, etc.
  • Anything preventing the making of a legal contract, esp. of a marriage contract.
  • Anything making marriage or ordination invalid or illicit.
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A physical defect, especially one that interferes with speech.
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(chiefly in the plural) Baggage, especially that of an army; impedimenta.
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An impeding or being impeded; obstruction.
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Origin of impediment

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin impedīmentum from impedīre to impede impede
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin impedimentum.
    From Wiktionary