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Meaning of impediment

im•ped•i•ment

Pronunciation: (im-ped'u-munt), [key]
— n.
  1. obstruction; hindrance; obstacle.
  2. any physical defect that impedes normal or easy speech; a speech disorder.
  3. a bar, usually of blood or affinity, to marriage: a diriment impediment.
  4. Usually,impedimenta.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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