verb (used with object), impeded, impeding.
to retard in movement or progress by means of obstacles or hindrances; obstruct; hinder.

1595–1605; < Latin impedīre to entangle, literally, to snare the feet. See im-1, pedi-1

impeder, noun
impedibility [im-pee-duh-bil-i-tee, -ped-uh-] , noun
impedible, adjective
impedingly, adverb
unimpeded, adjective
unimpeding, adjective
unimpedingly, adverb

slow, delay, check, stop, block, thwart. See prevent.

advance, encourage. Unabridged
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impede (ɪmˈpiːd)
(tr) to restrict or retard in action, progress, etc; hinder; obstruct
[C17: from Latin impedīre to hinder, literally: shackle the feet, from pēs foot]

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, from L. impedire "impede," lit. "to shackle the feet" (see impediment).
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Example sentences
Flipping an alligator on its back impedes blood flow to the brain causing it to
  become immobile.
In the deep, it's probably more than that, but our general lack of knowledge
  impedes us from guessing a number.
Lack of agreement with other committee members, which impedes student progress.
It impedes the myriad normal tasks of day to day life.
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