impediment

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From Latin impedimentum.

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impediment (plural impediments)

  1. A hindrance; that which impedes or hinders progress.
    • Shakespeare
      Thus far into the bowels of the land / Have we marched on without impediment.
    • 1818, Mary Shelley, chapter 2, in Frankenstein[1]:
      I had gazed upon the fortifications and impediments that seemed to keep human beings from entering the citadel of nature, and rashly and ignorantly I had repined.
    Working in a noisy factory left him with a slight hearing impediment.
  2. (chiefly in the plural) Baggage, especially that of an army; impedimenta

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