AskDefine | Define obstruction

Dictionary Definition



1 any structure that makes progress difficult [syn: obstructor, obstructer, impediment, impedimenta]
2 the state or condition of being obstructed [syn: blockage]
3 something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted; "lack of immagination is an obstacle to one's advancement"; "the poverty of a district is an obstacle to good education"; "the filibuster was a major obstruction to the success of their plan" [syn: obstacle]
4 the act of obstructing; "obstruction of justice"
5 getting in someone's way

User Contributed Dictionary



From obstructio, from obstruo


  1. The act of obstructing, or state of being obstructed.
  2. That which obstructs or impedes; an obstacle; an impediment; a hindrance.
  3. The condition of having the natural powers obstructed in their usual course; the arrest of the vital functions; death.


The act of obstructing
  • Croatian: opstrukcija, ometanje
  • Finnish: estäminen
That which obstructs or impedes



  • /ɔp.stʁyk.sjɔ̃/|lang=fr


  1. block (something that prevents passing)

Extensive Definition

Obstruction is the act of blocking or impeding some passage:


obstruction in German: Obstruktion

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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