Meaning of OBSTRUCTION in English


-kshən noun

( -s )

Etymology: Latin obstruction-, obstructio from obstruct us (past participle of obstruere to obstruct) + -ion-, -io -ion

1. : an act of obstructing or the condition of being obstructed: as

a. : a condition of being clogged or blocked

intestinal obstruction

respiratory obstruction due to thyroid disease

b. obsolete : arrest of vital functions : death

c. : a delay or attempted delay of business by dilatory parliamentary tactics in a deliberative body (as a legislature) — compare filibuster 2

d. : the illegal hindrance of the progress of an opponent in a game (as soccer) by remaining in the path he wants to follow

2. : something that obstructs or impedes : impediment , hindrance

removing obstructions from the path

this was the major obstruction to the success of our plan

Synonyms: see obstacle

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