[uh b-struhk-shuh-nist] /əbˈstrʌk ʃə nɪst/

a person who deliberately delays or prevents progress.
a person who delays or obstructs the business before a legislative body by parliamentary contrivances or legalistic maneuvers.


1846, from obstruction + -ist.


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