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obstruction

[uh b-struhk-shuh n] /əbˈstrʌk ʃən/
noun
1.
something that obstructs, blocks, or closes up with an obstacle or obstacles; obstacle or hindrance:
obstructions to navigation.
2.
an act or instance of obstructing.
3.
the state of being obstructed.
4.
the delaying or preventing of business before a deliberative body, especially a legislative group, by parliamentary contrivances.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin obstructiōn- (stem of obstructiō) barrier. See obstruct, -ion
Related forms
preobstruction, noun
Synonyms
1. barrier, bar, impediment. See obstacle. 3. stoppage.
Antonyms
1, 3. encouragement.
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British Dictionary definitions for pre obstruction

obstruction

/əbˈstrʌkʃən/
noun
1.
a person or thing that obstructs
2.
the act or an instance of obstructing
3.
delay of business, esp in a legislature by means of procedural devices
4.
(sport) the act of unfairly impeding an opposing player
5.
the state or condition of being obstructed
Derived Forms
obstructional, adjective
obstructionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for pre obstruction

obstruction

n.

1530s, from Latin obstructionem (nominative obstructio) "an obstruction, barrier, a building up," noun of action from past participle stem of obstruere "build up, block, block up, build against, stop, bar, hinder," from ob "against" (see ob-) + struere "to pile, build" (see structure (n.)).

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pre obstruction in Medicine

obstruction ob·struc·tion (əb-strŭk'shən, ŏb-)
n.

  1. The blocking of a body passage, as by clogging or stricture.

  2. The state of being obstructed.

  3. Something, such as a mass or stricture, that obstructs.

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