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English noun: obstacle

1. obstacle (cognition) something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted

SamplesLack 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.


Broader (hypernym)balk, baulk, check, deterrent, handicap, hinderance, hindrance, impediment

Narrower (hyponym)barrier, hang-up, hitch, hurdle, roadblock, rub, snag, stymie, stymy

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

Broader (hypernym)impediment, impedimenta, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor

Narrower (hyponym)hazard, stumbling block, water jump

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