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Definition of obstruction:

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

Synonyms:

stumbling block, parapet, balk, barricade, fetter, breastwork, prevention, trap, hamper, rampart, occlusion, bulwark, open, baulk, wall, inconvenience, paralysis, difficulty, obstructer, discouragement, hold back, blockage, impediment, corner, trammel, backhand, traverse, pin, obstacle, obstructionist, embarrassment, dribble, chain, circumvention, immobilize, delivery, cramp, impedimenta, chip, ball, proscription, manacle, predicament, bar, hold, hinderance, help, intercept, prohibition, shackles, cross, blast, obstruct, checkmate, retardation, holdback, dive, let, sabotage, pin down, problem, resister, thwarter, check, obstructor.

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