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Synonyms for impediment
ɪmˈpɛd ə mənt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hindrance, hinderance, deterrent, impediment, balk, baulk, check, handicap(noun)

    something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

    hitch, verification, impedimenta, stoppage, hindrance, disability, halt, chip, tab, handicap, arrest, tick, check-out procedure, confirmation, impairment, check mark, rafter, obstruction, baulk, checkout, hinderance, curb, chit, stop, disablement, cheque, obstructer, substantiation, stay, obstructor, deterrent, encumbrance, balk, preventive, incumbrance, bank check, preventative, interference, assay, bridle, check

  2. obstruction, obstructor, obstructer, impediment, impedimenta(noun)

    any structure that makes progress difficult

    obstructor, baulk, obstructionist, deterrent, impedimenta, obstruction, handicap, balk, check, blockage, thwarter, hinderance, hindrance, resister, obstructer, obstacle


  1. impediment(noun)

    obstacle, hindrance, obstruction

  2. impediment(noun)

    A hindrance; that which impedes or hinders progress.

    obstruction, obstacle, hindrance

  3. impediment(noun)

    Baggage, especially that of an army; impedimenta

    obstruction, hindrance, obstacle

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. impediment

    Difficulty makes an undertaking otherwise than easy. That which rests upon one as a burden is an encumbrance. An impediment is primarily something that checks the foot or in any way makes advance slow or difficult; an obstacle is something that stands across the way, an obstruction something that is built or placed across the way. An obstruction is always an obstacle, but an obstacle may not always be properly termed an obstruction; boxes and bales placed on the sidewalk are obstructions to travel; an ice-floe is an obstacle to navigation, and may become an obstruction if it closes an inlet or channel. A hindrance (kindred with hind, behind) is anything that makes one come behind or short of his purpose. An impediment may be either what one finds in his way or what he carries with him; impedimenta was the Latin name for the baggage of a soldier or of an army. The tendency is to view an impediment as something constant or, at least for a time, continuous; as, an impediment in one's speech. A difficulty or a hindrance may be either within one or without; a speaker may find difficulty in expressing himself, or difficulty in holding the attention of restless children. An encumbrance is always what one carries with him; an obstacle or an obstruction is always without. To a marching soldier the steepness of a mountain path is a difficulty, loose stones are impediments, a fence is an obstruction, a cliff or a boulder across the way is an obstacle; a knapsack is an encumbrance.

    bar, barrier, clog, difficulty, encumbrance, hindrance, obstacle, obstruction

    advantage, aid, assistance, benefit, help, relief, succor

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. impediment

    hindrance, obstacle, obstruction, stumbling block

    aid, aidance, help, assistance, succor, support, furtherance, coadjuvancy

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. impediment(n.)

    hinderance, obstruction, obstacle, check, bar, difficulty, stumbling-block

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. impediment(n)

    obstacle, barrier, obstruction, stumblingblock

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    obstacle, barrier, hindrance, hurdle, constraint, obstruction, handicap, obstacles

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How to use impediment in a sentence?

  1. Rick Meckler:

    It is definitely a concern that the signing of the Hong Kong bill will be seen as an impediment to an agreement, at this point, investors are also using this as an opportunity to take some profits.

  2. Lucas Padgett:

    These items belong to me and I have never been charged with any offense, i am entitled to their return and there is no legal impediment to my possession of said property.

  3. Benjamin Brown:

    If buyer brokers were able to do this job for the same percentage as they did 20 years ago, and the internet has made their jobs a lot easier, and real estate values have appreciated, here is an artificial impediment to competition.

  4. In NOV 24 story EBA:

    Although gradually improving, quality of assets remains a major concern in the EU and an impediment to new lending and banks' profitability, particularly in countries already under economic stress.

  5. Dennis Moss:

    If this was an Adolf Hitler Highway, or if this was in our community, a Fidel Castro Highway, [ the money ] wouldn't even be a consideration as it relates to changing the signs, so let's not allow that to be an impediment and let's do what's right.

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