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English noun: obstruction

1. obstruction (artifact) any structure that makes progress difficult


Synonymsimpediment, impedimenta, obstructer, 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

2. obstruction (state) the physical condition of blocking or filling a passage with an obstruction


Synonymsblockage


Broader (hypernym)physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state


Narrower (hyponym)ileus, intestinal obstruction, tamponade, tamponage

3. obstruction (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.


Synonymsobstacle


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


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

4. obstruction (act) the act of obstructing


SamplesObstruction of justice.


Broader (hypernym)hinderance, hindrance, interference


Narrower (hyponym)blockage, closure, obstruction of justice, occlusion, stall, stalling

5. obstruction (act) getting in someone's way


Broader (hypernym)maneuver, manoeuvre, play


Narrower (hyponym)block, blocking, check









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