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[im-peed] /ɪmˈpid/
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
Related forms
impeder, noun
[im-pee-duh-bil-i-tee, -ped-uh-] /ɪmˌpi dəˈbɪl ɪ ti, -ˌpɛd ə-/ (Show IPA),
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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  • 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.
  • If the mimic has a slightly different shape, it will do the opposite, impeding the cascade.
  • And thank you sir for discouraging and impeding the propagation of thoughts.
  • We should stop wasting time and impeding the shift to sustainable energy.
  • Each act unfolds in real time, in precisely mapped locales, with no major improbabilities impeding the flow of events.
  • The group was so small it wasn't even impeding traffic, and it was attracting almost no attention.
  • Interfaces in these materials reflect the flow of heat without impeding electrical current.
British Dictionary definitions for impeding


(transitive) to restrict or retard in action, progress, etc; hinder; obstruct
Derived Forms
impeder, noun
impedingly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin impedīre to hinder, literally: shackle the feet, from pēs foot
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Word Origin and History for impeding



c.1600, back-formation from impediment, or else from Latin impedire "impede, be in the way, hinder, detain," literally "to shackle the feet" (see impediment). Related: Impeded; impedes; impeding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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