Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun impediment

2 senses of impediment

Sense 1
hindrance, hinderance, deterrent, impediment, balk, baulk, check, handicap -- (something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress)
       => difficulty -- (a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result; "serious difficulties were encountered in obtaining a pure reagent")

Sense 2
obstruction, obstructor, obstructer, impediment, impedimenta -- (any structure that makes progress difficult)
       => structure, construction -- (a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons")

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