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English noun: impediment

1. impediment (cognition) something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress


Synonymsbalk, baulk, check, deterrent, handicap, hinderance, hindrance


Broader (hypernym)difficulty


Narrower (hyponym)albatross, bind, diriment impediment, drag, millstone, obstacle, obstruction, straitjacket

2. impediment (artifact) any structure that makes progress difficult


Synonymsimpedimenta, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor


Broader (hypernym)construction, structure


Narrower (hyponym)bar, barrier, block, blockade, blockage, closure, encumbrance, hinderance, hindrance, hitch, incumbrance, interference, obstacle, occlusion, preventative, preventive, stop, stoppage, tumbler









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