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impediment

im·ped·i·ment

impediment

 
 
pronunciation:
ihm pe d mnt
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an obstacle or hindrance.
Low income should not be an impediment to receiving a good education.
synonyms:
arrest, bar, barrier, block, delay, encumbrance, handicap, hindrance, obstacle, obstruction, stop
antonyms:
aid, assistance, help
similar words:
deterrent, difficulty, drawback, frustration, inhibition, opposition, rub, trammel, wrinkle
definition 2: a physical defect that hinders clear speech.
With therapy, he was able to overcome the impediment he'd had as a child.
similar words:
lisp, stammer, stutter
definition 3: an obstacle to entering into a legal contract such as marriage.
The bride's age was an impediment to the couple's getting married.
synonyms:
bar, barrier, hindrance, obstacle, obstruction
similar words:
deterrent, inhibition
derivations: impedimental (adj.), impedimentary (adj.)
Word Parts
The word impediment contains the following parts:
-ment Latin noun-forming suffix that means act, process, or instance of
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The suffix -ment attaches to Latin verb roots (e.g., doc, reg, sed) or to English verbs of Latin origin to form nouns.