Definition of impedimenta in English:


plural noun

  • Equipment for an activity or expedition, especially when considered as bulky or an encumbrance.

    ‘she collected her briefcase and other impedimenta’
    • ‘Fortunately the day was overcast, so we didn't have a scorching sun in which to carry around tiny twins and all their essential equipment, apparatuses, impedimenta, equipage and whatnot.’
    • ‘I followed behind somewhat encumbered by our impedimenta.’
    • ‘They filled two trolleys with crockery, kettles, pots and pans and all the other impedimenta needed to kit out a new home.’
    • ‘One must begin to question all of the bureaucratic impedimenta that a government-run space exploration program must carry with it when it tries to venture off the surface of the Earth.’
    • ‘Fascinating it was too: almost no plants, entirely taken over by garden impedimenta and decorative items for the home.’
    • ‘Triumphs are claimed, disasters are someone else's concerns, and if there's trouble, there are union rules or some of the other impedimenta to the full implementation of ideas such as disclosure, transparency and responsibility.’
    • ‘It's an unavoidably communal experience; no matter how pointedly you pile shopping bags and assorted impedimenta on the seat beside you, sooner or later someone's going to insist on initiating a conversation.’
    • ‘And even then, this detail is often lost, an accent overwhelmed by the loud plastic awnings, hawkers' kerb-spreads and squatters' impedimenta that define the metropolitan street.’
    • ‘Cultural practices have survived or fallen only in part because of their effect on the strength of the group, and those which have survived are usually burdened with unnecessary impedimenta.’
    • ‘Anyway, we went for a curry and it was good to see him again, although I would have preferred it if your mother hadn't come; and I think he might have preferred that too, having managed to evade his own impedimenta for the evening.’
    • ‘Somehow or another all concerned manage to avoid braining each other with guitars, mic stands and various other musical impedimenta.’
    • ‘You will see that there is a lot of impedimenta in even the highest level language.’
    • ‘However, a comment from him on his radio show has forced a different take on life's impedimenta.’
    • ‘What happens when someone who's had a sex change, who is already receiving domestic partner benefits at work for his male partner, goes through sex reassignment surgery and acquires the physical impedimenta of the opposite sex?’
    • ‘‘I want to prepare for my big raid,’ he explained on October 19 to a colonel in charge of supply, and with that Sherman arranged to send his impedimenta to the rear.’
    • ‘The economics and limitations of technology (with some enormous intellectual property issues on the side) are serious, if temporary, impedimenta.’
    • ‘Troops turned in surplus property, ‘useless impedimenta,’ and waited.’
    • ‘Zulu soldiers were followed by young herd boys, called Izindibi/udibi, carrying the army's impedimenta in the rear or on the flanks of the advance.’
    • ‘So having wandered round the battlefield inspecting the impedimenta of the combatants, we come at last to the question from which it all started.’
    • ‘A few hours later, he had labored his way into the depths of the wilderness of miscellaneous impedimenta and found himself facing a cloudy window.’
    paraphernalia, trappings, equipment, accoutrements, appurtenances, accessories, bits and pieces, bits and bobs, odds and ends, things, tackle, effects, possessions, belongings, goods, movables
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Early 17th century from Latin, plural of impedimentum ‘impediment’, from impedire (see impede).