Definition of impediment in English:

impediment

noun

  • 1A hindrance or obstruction in doing something.

    ‘a serious impediment to scientific progress’
    • ‘Certainly there was no major legal impediment to multifunctional banking, in which commercial and investment banking are combined.’
    • ‘But compliance costs are a very major impediment to growth for smaller businesses.’
    • ‘There should be no greater legal impediment to the movement and trade in one case than in the others.’
    • ‘Not only could we have reduced taxation but we could have removed the impediments to growth.’
    • ‘The ball can be replaced without penalty if its movement is not a result of removing a loose impediment.’
    • ‘There appear to be serious impediments to achieving such high penetration rates, especially on a worldwide basis.’
    • ‘Therein may lie a serious impediment to success.’
    • ‘A common language represents an important mechanism for overcoming physical impediments to communication.’
    • ‘"We must address some of the structural impediments to our success, " she says.’
    • ‘The single greatest impediment to creative, revolutionary sustainment progress appears to be entrenched parochial jurisdictions.’
    • ‘The gridlock has become a significant impediment to the economy as well.’
    • ‘Even so, enthusiasts insist that the main impediment to major advancements in solar energy is lack of political will.’
    • ‘The trip to Jupiter embodies our ability to overcome the technological impediment.’
    • ‘Often, their very human needs come across as clunky impediments to economic progress.’
    • ‘On top of my hearing impediment I find I can't pick out individual conversations in crowds.’
    • ‘He will need to compensate for his hearing impediment by using other senses to warn of dangers.’
    • ‘People tell me they don't notice my hearing impediment.’
    • ‘Parents thus become an impediment to successful parenting, in need of professional re-education.’
    • ‘Introducing a brief plot summary should eliminate this impediment.’
    • ‘No such impediments exist in the private sector.’
    hindrance, obstruction, obstacle, barrier, bar, handicap, block, check, curb, brake, restraint, restriction, limitation, encumbrance, deterrent
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  • 2

    (also speech impediment)
    A defect in a person's speech, such as a lisp or stammer.

    • ‘‘His lisp was a natural speech impediment, but I think [the producers] were concerned over how it would be received,’ he says.’
    • ‘Is stuttering considered a speech impediment or a learning disability?’
    • ‘It also brought out that the young Erika had a speech impediment - a stammer that was so bad she had to go to a special school for one year!’
    • ‘My dentist had advised me to wear it in the daytime to realign my jaw, but the only noticeable effect was to give me a speech impediment, tripping over my vowels and lisping every other word.’
    • ‘She was too tall for ballet, and a minor speech impediment and poor health excluded her from nursing.’
    • ‘Though she eventually recovered consciousness, she was left with a speech impediment and the part of the brain that controls emotions was impaired.’
    • ‘Even now, stammering has remained a confusing speech impediment for the sufferer as well as for those who have attempted to cure it through medicines.’
    • ‘The person may have had difficulty in communicating with her because she has a speech impediment and so he or she may not be aware that the woman had been assaulted.’
    • ‘Elspeth, with her reedy child's voice, carefully lisped her explanation - she always felt it necessary to feign a speech impediment when explicating, it made the matter so very much clearer to everyone involved.’
    • ‘These books know their market: again, this is not a youthquaking story of hard work, sheer pleasure, tradition and talent, but a tale of how Gareth struggled to make it with a speech impediment.’
    • ‘On first hearing this one might well assume that the effects were fairly minor - perhaps involving a child having problems with a speech impediment, or being shy and awkward and less creative or inventive than his peers.’
    • ‘The young man now has memory loss and a speech impediment and could have died.’
    • ‘Having a speech impediment, I knew I wouldn't be able to do anything that involved speaking.’
    • ‘In the seventeenth century, the country was ruled by a monarch with a severe speech impediment and a fragile ego.’
    • ‘She investigated the matter and discovered that the boy had been neither deaf nor dumb but was born with a speech impediment.’
    • ‘One of the men, the one not wearing a tie, proved to have an extreme speech impediment but he was very eager.’
    • ‘I do not have a speech impediment, as my hearing loss didn't develop till I was about seven years old.’
    • ‘He has a slight speech impediment, a problem pronouncing S's.’
    • ‘Sir Peter has a slight speech impediment.’
    • ‘He suffered from a speech impediment, was unschooled and never learned to read.’
    speech defect, speech impediment, stammer, stutter, lisp
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Origin

Late Middle English from Latin impedimentum, from impedire (see impede).

Pronunciation

impediment

/ɪmˈpɛdɪm(ə)nt/