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
If left unchecked, enlarged prostates can create medical problems by impeding
  the flow of urine.
We listened as they wove threads of a sustainable future with the threats of
  impeding mega tanker traffic.
The high cost of publication in some journals is impeding the speedy
  dissemination of new data.
Its report two years later would bring better regulation but warn about
  impeding economic growth.
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