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[im-ped-uh-men-tuh] /ɪmˌpɛd əˈmɛn tə/
plural noun
baggage or other things that retard one's progress, as supplies carried by an army:
the impedimenta of the weekend skier.
Origin of impedimenta
1590-1600; < Latin, plural of impedīmentum impediment Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for impedimenta


plural noun
the baggage and equipment carried by an army
any objects or circumstances that impede progress
a plural of impediment (sense 3)
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, plural of impedīmentum hindrance; see impede
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Word Origin and History for impedimenta

"traveling equipment," c.1600, from Latin impedimenta "luggage, baggage," literally "that by which one is impeded;" plural of impedimentum (see impediment).

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