freeze, dummy up, barricade, jampack, keep mum, foil, deflect, lug, obturate, retard, halt, kibosh, block up, belt up, disadvantage, plague, bog, draw a blank, mob, shut down, fold, stuff, choke up, close up, pack, hold back, forget, stymy, crush, close down, button up, throng, ram, open, blank out, occlude, close, block off, be quiet, stymie, clam up, wad, help, let down, immobilise, immobilize, count against, cram, chock up, blockade, balk, pile, parry, embarrass, bring up against, prevent, shut up
de-motivate (part of speech: verb)
oppose (part of speech: verb)
defy, check, conflict, antagonize, confront, hinder, counterattack, obstruct, counteract, cross, object, dispute, interfere, inhibit, oppose, contradict, resist, meddle, repulse, oppress, fight, repress, intercept, repel, counter, rebuff, disagree, challenge, suppress, protest
restrain (part of speech: verb)
hinder (part of speech: verb)
cripple, paralyze, catch, dam, stay, brake, thwart, complicate, deter, drag, snarl, curb, baffle, restrict, frustrate, congest, handicap, burden, bung, entangle, clog, interrupt, bottleneck, hamper, plug, foul, crimp, snag, choke, hamstring, mire, detain, block, delay, entrap, restrain, constipate, fetter, impair, tangle, constrain, study at hinder, cramp, bar, jam, encumber, stop
- No one has the right unnecessarily to impede our spiritual or mental culture, even in the slightest degree,- much less unnecessarily to expose us, almost certainly, to hopeless degradation. - "Slavery and the Constitution", William Ingersoll Bowditch.
- Locke threw a chair to impede the progress of the monster, and then, as he saw that all the others were safe, he lightly vaulted out of the window himself, to find them waiting for him in the little yard below. - "The Master Mystery", Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey.
- These slow promenades up and down the shady side of Hagworth Street were very pleasant; although the inevitable buckling of the strap began to impede her ideas of freedom, so much so in time that it became a duty to herself to wriggle as much as possible before she let Ruby fasten it round her waist. - "Carnival", Compton Mackenzie.