What does obstruction mean?

Definitions for obstruction
əbˈstrʌk ʃənob·struc·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. obstruction, obstructor, obstructer, impediment, impedimentanoun

    any structure that makes progress difficult

  2. obstruction, blockagenoun

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

  3. obstacle, obstructionnoun

    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. obstructionnoun

    the act of obstructing

    "obstruction of justice"

  5. obstructionnoun

    getting in someone's way


  1. obstructionnoun

    The act of obstructing, or state of being obstructed.

  2. obstructionnoun

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

  3. obstructionnoun

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

  4. Etymology: From obstructio, from obstruo

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Obstructionnoun

    Etymology: obstructio, Lat. obstruction, Fr. from obstruct.

    Sure God by these discoveries did design,
    That his clear light thro’ all the world should shine;
    But the obstruction from that discord springs,
    The prince of darkness makes ’twixt Christian kings. John Denham.

    All obstructions in parliament, that is, all freedom in differing in votes, and debating matters with reason and candour, must be taken away. Charles I .

    In his winter quarters the king expected to meet with all the obstructions and difficulties his enraged enemies could lay in his way. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    Whenever a popular assembly free from obstructions, and already possessed of more power than an equal balance will allow, shall continue to think that they have not enough, I cannot see how the same causes can produce different effects among us, from what they did in Greece and Rome. Jonathan Swift.

    Aye but to die, and go we know not where;
    To lie in cold obstruction, and to rot;
    This sensible warm motion to become
    A kneaded clod. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.


  1. obstruction

    Obstruction is an act or condition of blocking or hindering something, causing delay or interruption. This can apply to physical barriers blocking a path or complicated problems impeding progress in any kind of activity or process. Obstruction can also refer to a legal term used when someone interferes with the law enforcement process.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obstructionnoun

    the act of obstructing, or state of being obstructed

  2. Obstructionnoun

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

  3. Obstructionnoun

    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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. obstruction

    The act of obstructing, or the state of being obstructed. Also, that which obstructs or impedes; obstacle; impediment; hindrance.

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  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

Examples of obstruction in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  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. Richard Blumenthal:

    According to the Attorney General, The Special Counsel concluded that the evidence fell short of a prosecutable criminal conspiracy, which involves a high bar of proof beyond a reasonable doubt -- but reached no such conclusion on the obstruction of justice issue. On obstruction of justice, The Special Counsel tossed a jump ball, and the Attorney General tipped it to President Donald Trump, but shared none of the information supporting his conclusion.

  4. Ryan Pack:

    Freedom of expression: It's an obstruction of justice when one is not able and allowed to express himself justly, he becomes a prisoner.

  5. Nancy Pelosi:

    The clarity for the public to understand what is there wasn't as clear in my view when you say obstruction of justice, obstruction of justice, obstruction of justice, eleven times in the Robert Mueller report, that isn't justification enough for inquiring into an impeachment.

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