Etymology
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impediment (n.)

c. 1400, from Old French empedement or directly from Latin impedimentum "hindrance," from impedire "impede," literally "to shackle the feet," from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (from PIE root *en "in") + pes (genitive pedis) "foot," from PIE root *ped- "foot." Related: Impedimental.

updated on May 07, 2017

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Definitions of impediment from WordNet

impediment (n.)
something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress;
impediment (n.)
any structure that makes progress difficult;
Synonyms: obstruction / obstructor / obstructer / impedimenta
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