Obstruction
Obstruction Ob*struc"tion, n. [L. obstructio.] 1. The act of obstructing, or state of being obstructed. [1913 Webster]

2. That which obstructs or impedes; an obstacle; an impediment; a hindrance. [1913 Webster]

A popular assembly free from obstruction. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

3. The condition of having the natural powers obstructed in their usual course; the arrest of the vital functions; death. [Poetic] [1913 Webster]

To die, and go we know not where, To lie in cold obstruction, and to rot. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: {Obstacle}; bar; barrier; impediment; clog; check; hindrance.

Usage: {Obstruction}, {Obstacle}. The difference between these words is that indicated by their etymology; an obstacle is something standing in the way; an obstruction is something put in the way. Obstacle implies more fixedness and is the stronger word. We remove obstructions; we surmount obstacles. [1913 Webster]

Disparity in age seems a greater obstacle to an intimate friendship than inequality of fortune. --Collier. [1913 Webster]

The king expected to meet with all the obstructions and difficulties his enraged enemies could lay in his way. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]


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  • obstruction — I noun balk, ban, bar, barricade, barrier, block, blockade, blockage, bridle, catch, check, clog, closure, congestion, constraint, constriction, cork, curb, dam, difficulty, disallowance, embargo, embarrassment, enjoining, fence, forbiddance,… …   Law dictionary

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