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noun [countable]     impediment pronunciation in British English
/ɪmˈpedɪmənt/
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pluralimpediments
  1. 1
    formal something that makes it more difficult for someone to do something or more difficult for something to happen
    impediment to:

    The size of the service sector is an impediment to economic growth.

  2. 2
    a physical or psychological problem that affects how well someone can do something

    a speech impediment

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