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[im-ped-uh-muh nt] /ɪmˈpɛd ə mənt/
obstruction; hindrance; obstacle.
any physical defect that impedes normal or easy speech; a speech disorder.
Chiefly Ecclesiastical Law. a bar, usually of blood or affinity, to marriage:
a diriment impediment.
Usually, impediments. impedimenta.
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin impedīmentum. See impede, -ment
Related forms
[im-ped-uh-men-tl] /ɪmˌpɛd əˈmɛn tl/ (Show IPA),
impedimentary, adjective
nonimpedimental, adjective
nonimpedimentary, adjective
1. bar, encumbrance, check. See obstacle.
1. help, encouragement. Unabridged
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  • Both impediments need to change if special education is to have any chance at improvement.
  • Professors are often trained to regard students as impediments to research.
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  • The impediments to persistence and success have less to do with a failure to challenge students or an excessive cosseting of them.
British Dictionary definitions for impediments


a hindrance or obstruction
a physical defect, esp one of speech, such as a stammer
(law) (pl) -ments, -menta (-ˈmɛntə). an obstruction to the making of a contract, esp a contract of marriage by reason of closeness of blood or affinity
Derived Forms
impedimental, impedimentary, adjective
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Word Origin and History for impediments



c.1400, from Latin impedimentem "hindrance," from impedire "impede," literally "to shackle the feet," from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + pes (genitive pedis) "foot" (see foot (n.)).

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impediments in Medicine

impediment im·ped·i·ment (ĭm-pěd'ə-mənt)

  1. Something that impedes; a hindrance or an obstruction.

  2. An organic defect preventing clear articulation of speech.

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