WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
im•ped•i•ment /ɪmˈpɛdəmənt/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. something that impedes;
    a hindrance:impediments to the peace process.
  2. a physical problem that interferes with normal speech:a speech impediment.
See -ped-1.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
im•ped•i•ment  (im pedə mənt),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. obstruction; hindrance;
  2. any physical defect that impedes normal or easy speech;
    a speech disorder.
  3. Religion[Chiefly Eccles. Law.]a bar, usually of blood or affinity, to marriage:a diriment impediment.
  4. Usually,  impediments. impedimenta.
im•ped•i•men•tal  (im ped′ə mentl),USA pronunciation  im•ped′i•menta•ry, adj. 
  • Latin impedīmentum. See impede, -ment
  • Middle English 1350–1400
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged bar, encumbrance, check. See  obstacle. 
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged help, encouragement.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

impediment /ɪmˈpɛdɪmənt/ n
  1. a hindrance or obstruction
  2. a physical defect, esp one of speech, such as a stammer
  3. ( 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

imˌpediˈmental, imˌpediˈmentary adj

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