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
Economic progress is impeded by an abundance of ambiguous laws, regulations, and enforcement.
Conviction, however, is greatly impeded by the judicial system.
No fences impeded movement, and the settlers anyway needed cheap labour.
Every policy he proposed since he took office impeded business and hiring.
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