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Synonyms for obstruction
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Princeton's WordNet

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

    any structure that makes progress difficult

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

  2. obstruction, blockage(noun)

    the physical condition of blocking or filling a passage with an obstruction

    impedimenta, block, closure, obstructer, stop, obstructor, occlusion, impediment, obstacle, blockage, stoppage

  3. 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, obstacle, obstructor, blockage, impedimenta

  4. obstruction(noun)

    the act of obstructing

    "obstruction of justice"

    impediment, obstacle, obstructor, blockage, impedimenta, obstructer

  5. obstruction(noun)

    getting in someone's way

    impediment, obstacle, obstructor, blockage, impedimenta, obstructer


  1. obstruction(noun)

    blocknoun, impedance, stopnoun, hindrance, roadblock

  2. obstruction(noun)

    The act of obstructing, or state of being obstructed.

    roadblock, impedance, blocknoun, hindrance, stopnoun

  3. obstruction(noun)

    That which obstructs or impedes; an obstacle; an impediment; a hindrance.

    roadblock, stopnoun, hindrance, impedance, blocknoun

  4. obstruction(noun)

    The condition of having the natural powers obstructed in their usual course; the arrest of the vital functions; death.

    impedance, hindrance, blocknoun, stopnoun, roadblock

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. obstruction

    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, obstacle, 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. obstruction

    hinderance, obstacle, impediment

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. obstruction(n.)

    hinderance, obstacle, impediment, barrier, check, difficulty

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. obstruction(n)

    obstacle, impediment, barrier, blockade, restraint

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  1. Jerry Nadler:

    Our goal is to hold the administration accountable for the obstruction of justice, the abuse of power and the corruption.

  2. Nancy Pelosi:

    The clarity for the public to understand what is there wasn't as clear in my view when you say obstruction of justice, obstruction of justice, obstruction of justice, eleven times in the Robert Mueller report, that isn't justification enough for inquiring into an impeachment.

  3. Douglas Letter:

    The Committee's impeachment investigation related to obstruction of justice pertaining to the Russia investigation is ongoing, if this material reveals new evidence supporting the conclusion that President Trump committed impeachable offenses.

  4. Jerry Nadler:

    My hope for tomorrow... is the Mueller investigation revealed a lot of conduct about the President, which the American people should be aware of, the President and the attorney general have systematically lied to the American people about what was in that report. ... They have said no obstruction, collision and The President was totally exonerated -- all three of those statements were not true.

  5. Jerry Nadler:

    Article 3 of Nixon's impeachment was obstruction of Congress, refusing to obey defined congressional subpoenas, pleading imaginary privilege, and obviously that's what The President has been doing. Richard Nixon wasn't foolish to say in advance that Richard Nixon's going to defy all congressional subpoenas... and today we saw a witness instructed by the White House completely contemptuous of Congress who refused to answer relevant questions. Just another instance of obstruction of Congress and that's what Article 3 of the Richard Nixon impeachment was.

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