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[im-ped-uh-muh nt] /ɪmˈpɛd ə mənt/

obstruction; hindrance; obstacle.
any physical defect that normal or easy speech; a speech disorder.
Chiefly Ecclesiastical Law. a bar, usually of blood or affinity, to marriage:
a diriment impediment.
Usually, impediments. .
a hindrance or obstruction
a physical defect, esp one of speech, such as a stammer
(law) (pl) -ments, -menta (-ˈmɛntə). an obstruction to the making of a contract, esp a contract of marriage by reason of closeness of blood or affinity

c.1400, from Latin impedimentem “hindrance,” from impedire “impede,” literally “to shackle the feet,” from assimilated form of in- “into, in” (see in- (2)) + pes (genitive pedis) “foot” (see foot (n.)).

impediment im·ped·i·ment (ĭm-pěd’ə-mənt)


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