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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Floating row cover is a lightweight cloth that is laid on top of crops to
  impede pests.
Sunspots are visible because the bundled field lines impede the flow of
Too often, however, longstanding suspicions on both sides of the relationship
  impede constructive collaboration.
It's the structures of our world that impede this process, structures that
  could be organized differently.
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