|—n , -ments, -menta|
|1.||a hindrance or obstruction|
|2.||a physical defect, esp one of speech, such as a stammer|
|3.||law an obstruction to the making of a contract, esp a contract of marriage by reason of closeness of blood or affinity|
impediment im·ped·i·ment (ĭm-pěd'ə-mənt)
Something that impedes; a hindrance or an obstruction.
An organic defect preventing clear articulation of speech.