Definition of impediment in English:



  • 1A hindrance or obstruction in doing something.

    ‘a serious impediment to scientific progress’
    • ‘Introducing a brief plot summary should eliminate this impediment.’
    • ‘There appear to be serious impediments to achieving such high penetration rates, especially on a worldwide basis.’
    • ‘No such impediments exist in the private sector.’
    • ‘Often, their very human needs come across as clunky impediments to economic progress.’
    • ‘But compliance costs are a very major impediment to growth for smaller businesses.’
    • ‘Not only could we have reduced taxation but we could have removed the impediments to growth.’
    • ‘People tell me they don't notice my hearing impediment.’
    • ‘Therein may lie a serious impediment to success.’
    • ‘On top of my hearing impediment I find I can't pick out individual conversations in crowds.’
    • ‘The single greatest impediment to creative, revolutionary sustainment progress appears to be entrenched parochial jurisdictions.’
    • ‘The gridlock has become a significant impediment to the economy as well.’
    • ‘A common language represents an important mechanism for overcoming physical impediments to communication.’
    • ‘He will need to compensate for his hearing impediment by using other senses to warn of dangers.’
    • ‘Parents thus become an impediment to successful parenting, in need of professional re-education.’
    • ‘The trip to Jupiter embodies our ability to overcome the technological impediment.’
    • ‘The ball can be replaced without penalty if its movement is not a result of removing a loose impediment.’
    • ‘Even so, enthusiasts insist that the main impediment to major advancements in solar energy is lack of political will.’
    • ‘"We must address some of the structural impediments to our success, " she says.’
    • ‘There should be no greater legal impediment to the movement and trade in one case than in the others.’
    • ‘Certainly there was no major legal impediment to multifunctional banking, in which commercial and investment banking are combined.’
    hindrance, obstruction, obstacle, barrier, bar, handicap, block, check, curb, brake, restraint, restriction, limitation, encumbrance, deterrent
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  • 2A defect in a person's speech, such as a lisp or stammer.

    • ‘Sir Peter has a slight speech impediment.’
    • ‘Elspeth, with her reedy child's voice, carefully lisped her explanation - she always felt it necessary to feign a speech impediment when explicating, it made the matter so very much clearer to everyone involved.’
    • ‘In the seventeenth century, the country was ruled by a monarch with a severe speech impediment and a fragile ego.’
    • ‘These books know their market: again, this is not a youthquaking story of hard work, sheer pleasure, tradition and talent, but a tale of how Gareth struggled to make it with a speech impediment.’
    • ‘I do not have a speech impediment, as my hearing loss didn't develop till I was about seven years old.’
    • ‘It also brought out that the young Erika had a speech impediment - a stammer that was so bad she had to go to a special school for one year!’
    • ‘The young man now has memory loss and a speech impediment and could have died.’
    • ‘My dentist had advised me to wear it in the daytime to realign my jaw, but the only noticeable effect was to give me a speech impediment, tripping over my vowels and lisping every other word.’
    • ‘He suffered from a speech impediment, was unschooled and never learned to read.’
    • ‘She was too tall for ballet, and a minor speech impediment and poor health excluded her from nursing.’
    • ‘Though she eventually recovered consciousness, she was left with a speech impediment and the part of the brain that controls emotions was impaired.’
    • ‘One of the men, the one not wearing a tie, proved to have an extreme speech impediment but he was very eager.’
    • ‘‘His lisp was a natural speech impediment, but I think [the producers] were concerned over how it would be received,’ he says.’
    • ‘She investigated the matter and discovered that the boy had been neither deaf nor dumb but was born with a speech impediment.’
    • ‘He has a slight speech impediment, a problem pronouncing S's.’
    • ‘The person may have had difficulty in communicating with her because she has a speech impediment and so he or she may not be aware that the woman had been assaulted.’
    • ‘Having a speech impediment, I knew I wouldn't be able to do anything that involved speaking.’
    • ‘Even now, stammering has remained a confusing speech impediment for the sufferer as well as for those who have attempted to cure it through medicines.’
    • ‘Is stuttering considered a speech impediment or a learning disability?’
    • ‘On first hearing this one might well assume that the effects were fairly minor - perhaps involving a child having problems with a speech impediment, or being shy and awkward and less creative or inventive than his peers.’
    speech defect, speech impediment, stammer, stutter, lisp
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Late Middle English: from Latin impedimentum, from impedire (see impede).