Definition of obstructionism in US English:



  • The practice of deliberately impeding or delaying the course of legal, legislative, or other procedures.

    • ‘They forced the president to back-pedal and promise to crack down on corporate pillagers, pump more funds into housing, education and job programs, and to publicly soften his environmental obstructionism.’
    • ‘This would give the government a much-needed handle on economic policy-making, which has been hamstrung by opposition obstructionism.’
    • ‘Obstructionism from the military, the right, and the courts prevented a full accounting or retribution against the perpetrators.’
    • ‘This forced the president to back-pedal and promise to crack down on corporate pillagers, to publicly soften his environmental obstructionism, and to promise to pump more funds into housing, education and job programs.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, he is working out a modus vivendi with the Supreme Leader, who, despite his conservative instincts, realizes that the clerics' obstructionism could eventually backfire.’
    • ‘Certainly, there needs to be a public awareness campaign, but a well-funded and supported initiative that leads all of the people out of the dark ages of obstructionism and into welcoming enlightenment.’
    • ‘This is the very definition of obstructionism: To delay a foregone conclusion for the sake of a petty protest.’
    • ‘I refer to the people who have caused the governmental process to grind to a halt over the past five years by their childish obstructionism in the legislature.’
    • ‘Debate is healthy but is not to be confused with obfuscation, obstructionism or opposition for its own sake - that's not honest debate or even honest dissent.’
    • ‘‘The Senate is vowing obstructionism and the Government appears to have put privatisation on the backburner,’ the editorial warned.’
    • ‘The party surely dread the kind of obstructionism they themselves practiced during the last Congress.’
    • ‘Octavian sought the help of the Senate, only to be met with obstructionism and outright treachery.’
    • ‘It would be nice if State governments minimise also the obstructionism of their procedures.’
    • ‘We've often asked whether the party are paying a political price for their obstructionism, or for the outrageous and hateful face they so often present to the voters.’
    • ‘To the general astonishment the Duke d' Orléans, head of the junior branch of the royal family and heir to a long tradition of obstructionism, suddenly rose and protested that this was not legal.’
    • ‘I do think that there are gradations in the extent to which Senate obstructionism is blameworthy.’
    • ‘Bureaucrats often work amazingly few hours and are notorious for their obstructionism and ability to dance constantly along the fine line between outright corruption and the parameters of their official duty.’
    • ‘Apparently, the lessons of Freddie's ongoing troubles haven't sunk in, and Fannie and Freddie have relapsed into their tired old methods of obstructionism.’
    • ‘But do the Party want to face this reshaped electorate with our reconfigured media with no other message but obstructionism?’
    • ‘The Senate's decision to have another Senate inquiry was enough for the Prime Minister to take up his usual cry about Senate obstructionism.’