Impediment in speech
Impediment Im*ped"i*ment, n. [L. impedimentum: cf. F. impediment.] That which impedes or hinders progress, motion, activity, or effect. [1913 Webster]

Thus far into the bowels of the land Have we marched on without impediment. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Impediment in speech}, a defect which prevents distinct utterance.

Syn: Hindrance; obstruction; obstacle; difficulty; incumbrance.

Usage: {Impediment}, {Obstacle}, {Difficulty}, {Hindrance}. An impediment literally strikes against our feet, checking our progress, and we remove it. An obstacle rises before us in our path, and we surmount or remove it. A difficulty sets before us something hard to be done, and we encounter it and overcome it. A hindrance holds us back for a time, but we break away from it. [1913 Webster]

The eloquence of Demosthenes was to Philip of Macedon, a difficulty to be met with his best resources, an obstacle to his own ambition, and an impediment in his political career. --C. J. Smith. [1913 Webster]


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