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[uh b-struhk-shuh-nist] /əbˈstrʌk ʃə nɪst/
a person who deliberately delays or prevents progress.
a person who delays or obstructs the business before a legislative body by parliamentary contrivances or legalistic maneuvers.
1840-50; obstruction + -ist
Related forms
obstructionism, noun
obstructionistic, adjective Unabridged
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  • In others they smashed the old obstructionist committees and formed new ones.
  • But the peace plan continues to have its own momentum despite the administration's obstructionist tactics.
  • But, of course, the way to win concessions from obstructionist opponents isn't to sound them out quietly.
  • Show the world how far you'll go to be an obstructionist and how often you'll do it.
  • It also does not make them inconsistent or obstructionist in and of itself.
  • Unfortunately, they are often vocally obstructionist and have wealthy friends.
  • Yet, this is not a blanket excuse for disrespectful or obstructionist behavior.
  • The problem is not poorly skilled teachers or obstructionist teacher unions.
British Dictionary definitions for obstructionist


  1. a person who deliberately obstructs business, esp in a legislature
  2. (as modifier): obstructionist tactics
Derived Forms
obstructionism, noun
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Word Origin and History for obstructionist

1846, from obstruction + -ist.

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