What does obstruction mean?

Definitions for obstructionəbˈstrʌk ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word obstruction.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. obstruction, obstructor, obstructer, impediment, impedimenta(noun)

    any structure that makes progress difficult

  2. obstruction, blockage(noun)

    the physical condition of blocking or filling a passage with an obstruction

  3. obstacle, obstruction(noun)

    something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted

    "lack of imagination 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"

  4. obstruction(noun)

    the act of obstructing

    "obstruction of justice"

  5. obstruction(noun)

    getting in someone's way


  1. obstruction(Noun)

    The act of obstructing, or state of being obstructed.

  2. obstruction(Noun)

    That which obstructs or impedes; an obstacle; an impediment; a hindrance.

  3. obstruction(Noun)

    The condition of having the natural powers obstructed in their usual course; the arrest of the vital functions; death.

  4. Origin: From obstructio, from obstruo

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obstruction(noun)

    the act of obstructing, or state of being obstructed

  2. Obstruction(noun)

    that which obstructs or impedes; an obstacle; an impediment; a hindrance

  3. Obstruction(noun)

    the condition of having the natural powers obstructed in their usual course; the arrest of the vital functions; death


  1. Obstruction

    In baseball, when a fielder illegally hinders a baserunner, the fielder is guilty of obstruction. Baserunners are generally permitted the free privilege to run from base to base without being physically blocked or hindered by a fielder. The only time that a fielder does not "get out of the way" of a baserunner is when the fielder is fielding or in possession of the ball.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of obstruction in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of obstruction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Tom McCluskie:

    That is a criminal obstruction of justice.

  2. John J. Sirica:

    An attempt is already underway to revise history-to leave the impression that the former president had nothing to do with Watergate. But there is no doubt about his obstruction of justice after the Watergate break-in.

  3. Tom Fitton:

    On top of the obstruction that is in no small measure criminal in nature — with the hiding, removal and destruction of records by Mrs. Clinton — they are sending these records out to the foundation that are the very subject of these public controversies.

  4. Ralph Waldo Emerson, …Journal, 1860:

    The teaching of politics is that the Government, which was set for protection and comfort of all good citizens, becomes the principal obstruction and nuisance with which we have to contend… The cheat and bully and malefactor we meet everywhere is the Government.

  5. White House spokesman Josh Earnest:

    There's not a single legitimate question that has been raised about her aptitude for this job, instead, all we've seen is a bunch of political obstruction from Republicans that, again, does not -- does not speak well of Republicans' efforts to run the Senate in an effective fashion.

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