barrier
noun Etymology: Middle English barrere, from Anglo-French, from barre bar Date: 14th century 1. a. something material that blocks or is intended to block passage <
highway barriers
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a barrier contraceptive
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b. a natural formation or structure that prevents or hinders movement or action <
geographic barriers to species dissemination
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barrier beaches
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drugs that cross the placental barrier
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2. plural, often capitalized a medieval war game in which combatants fight on foot with a fence or railing between them 3. something immaterial that impedes or separates ; obstacle <
behavioral barriers
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trade barriers
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