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Synonyms for obstacle
ˈɒb stə kəl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. obstacle, obstruction(noun)

    something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted

    "lack of imagination is an obstacle to one's advancement"; "the poverty of a district is an obstacle to good education"; "the filibuster was a major obstruction to the success of their plan"

    obstructer, impediment, obstructor, blockage, impedimenta, obstruction

  2. obstacle(noun)

    an obstruction that stands in the way (and must be removed or surmounted or circumvented)



  1. obstacle(noun)

    hurdle, hindrance, impediment

  2. obstacle(noun)

    Something that impedes, stands in the way of, or holds up progress

    A big obstacle to understanding the manual was that it had been poorly translated from the Japanese.

    hindrance, hurdle, impediment

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. obstacle

    A bar is something that is or may be firmly fixed, ordinarily with intent to prevent entrance or egress; as, the bars of a prison cell; the bars of a wood-lot. A barrier obstructs, but is not necessarily impassable. Barrier is used of objects more extensive than those to which bar is ordinarily applied. A mountain range may be a barrier to exploration; but a mass of sand across the entrance to a harbor is called a bar. Discovered falsehood is a bar to confidence. Barricade has become practically a technical name for an improvised street fortification, and, unless in some way modified, is usually so understood. A parapet is a low or breast-high wall, as about the edge of a roof, terrace, etc., especially, in military use, such a wall for the protection of troops; a rampart is the embankment surrounding a fort, on which the parapet is raised; the word rampart is often used as including the parapet. Bulwark is a general word for any defensive wall or rampart; its only technical use at present is in nautical language, where it signifies the raised side of a ship above the upper deck, topped by the rail. Compare BOUNDARY; IMPEDIMENT.

    bar, barricade, barrier, breastwork, bulwark, hindrance, obstruction, parapet, prohibition, rampart, restraint, restriction

    admittance, entrance, opening, passage, road, thoroughfare, transit, way

    A barrier to progress, against invasion; a barrier between nations.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. obstacle

    impediment, obstruction, hindrance, objection, bar, difficulty, check, obstruction

    course, proceeding, career, advancement

Editors Contribution

  1. problem

    something that prevents progress

    poverty is the great obstacle to the development of the country

    Submitted by rinat on May 26, 2016  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. obstacle(n.)

    hinderance, obstruction, impediment, difficulty, check, barrier, stumbling-block, lion in the way

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. obstacle(n)

    obstruction, barrier, impediment, hindrance, stumbling-block

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How to use obstacle in a sentence?

  1. Selahattin Demirtas:

    Erdogan is the biggest obstacle for the peace process to continue. But he will not rule this country forever. I am absolutely sure the process will be revived.

  2. Judith Smith:

    For me, dancing for an intimate audience, I just hope that they are watching and that they can relate in some way, if they've hit an obstacle in their life, I hope to inspire on how to overcome that obstacle.

  3. Henri Barkey:

    He has become paradoxically its biggest obstacle. This is because the needs of the peace process, greater democratization, conflict with his own ambitions.

  4. Marcus Tullius Cicero:

    The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.

  5. Thomas Pkemei:

    The biggest obstacle is to keep on working to improve your ability and to overcome your injuries when they do happen.

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