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a speech impediment
  something that interferes with action or progress
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impediment impediments
Strongly Associated with:   impede
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  • a speech impediment
  • Personal animosity has become an impediment to progress.
  • If there be any impediment, I pray you discover it.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • You wouldn’t think there is anything life threatening about speech impediments, but let me tell you, there is nothing more dangerous than being a kid with a stutter and a lisp.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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  • And yet, despite all the impediments and all the time that had passed, they were still deeply in love.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • Dr. Fiona said it was likely I would have a speech impediment and a weak right arm and right leg, so I would need extensive rehabilitation facilities, which Pakistan didn’t have.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • He had a speech impediment that caused him to stutter badly.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • The only actual change that had come over him in the past years was that, for some reason, his impediment had gotten worse.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • Thank goodness she didn’t ask me to define "impediment" or explain "his bending sickle’s compass come."
    Kaye Gibbons  --  My Mother, Literature, and a Life Split Neatly into Two Halves
  • He did not have a speech impediment; he had five impediments.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • This time there would be no impediments; the crazy bliss of fornication with a hot-skinned, eager-bellied Jewish girl with fathomless eyes and magnificent apricot-and-ocher suntanned legs that all but promised to squeeze the life out of me was no dumb fantasy: it was a fait accompli, practically consummated save for the terrible wait until Thursday.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Granted, I had thought of her when the question of our abrupt marriage first occurred, and Jamie then had given no sign that she constituted an impediment so far as he was concerned.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Many could not read, which was a serious impediment now that I habitually read to Suleiman late in the afternoons.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • The second-hander contributed nothing to the process except the impediments.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • If I tell you one thing, you will be so amiable as to set aside all impediments.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I beseech you let his lack of years be no impediment to let him lack a reverend estimation, for I never knew so young a body with so old a head.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • ROXANE: But my words find no such impediment.
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • I had gazed upon the fortifications and impediments that seemed to keep human beings from entering the citadel of nature, and rashly and ignorantly I had repined.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The trees had thrown out low branches, making an impediment to progress; the gnarled roots looked like skeleton claws.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • The growing crowd, he said, was becoming a serious impediment to their excavations, especially the boys.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • And even granting some impediment, why was this gentleman to be received by me in secret?
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • To be a woman condemned to a painful and disgraceful punishment is no impediment to beauty, but it is an obstacle to the recovery of power.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • So shall you have a shorter journey to your desires by the means I shall then have to prefer them; and the impediment most profitably removed, without the which there were no expectation of our prosperity.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • And, sir, if business imposes its restraints and its silences and impediments, Mr. Darnay as a young gentleman of generosity knows how to make allowance for that circumstance.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Still there is no impediment to returning to the door for thy brushing.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • He exposed their risk and fallacy with his usual skill; and it was only after he had removed every impediment, in the shape of opposing advice, that he ventured to propose his own projects.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • After studying the subject for several days, she was persuaded that there were no technical impediments to making short work of her guardian.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • You see only impediments and obstacles!
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • When Tom was nine years old he worried because his pretty little sister Mollie had an impediment in her speech.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Galt felt the small pressure of the muzzle against his side; the pressure was expertly maintained: not to be felt as an impediment and not to be forgotten for a moment.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The fact that he knew absolutely nothing about either mountaineering or flying didn’t strike him as a major impediment.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Above that point, there begin to be structural impediments to the ability of the group to agree and act with one voice.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • And thus, through the courage and great skill in obstetrics of Queequeg, the deliverance, or rather, delivery of Tashtego, was successfully accomplished, in the teeth, too, of the most untoward and apparently hopeless impediments; which is a lesson by no means to be forgotten.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Will some pleashe pershon not now impediment so catastrophics mit agitation of firstclass tablenumpkin?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • She saw her father’s face, with its bold brow, and reverend white beard that flowed over the old-fashioned Elizabethan ruff; her mother’s, too, with the look of heedful and anxious love which it always wore in her remembrance, and which, even since her death, had so often laid the impediment of a gentle remonstrance in her daughter’s pathway.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • It is a very strange sensation to inexperienced youth to feel itself quite alone in the world, cut adrift from every connection, uncertain whether the port to which it is bound can be reached, and prevented by many impediments from returning to that it has quitted.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Our last halting-place being much enclosed by shrubs, bamboos and brushwood, we had during our stay opened a path through the cane thicket in the direction we were about to travel; this we now found of the greatest assistance, and the loaded cart passed on without impediment.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • But halfway through the round, my arms became impediments.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • So warned he them, aware themselves, and soon In order, quit of all impediment; Instant without disturb they took alarm, And onward moved embattled: When behold!
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • She reached the house without any impediment, looked at the number, knocked at the door, and inquired for Miss Tilney.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • He believed as firmly as Arthur did, as firmly as the benighted Christian, that there was such a thing as Right Finally, there was the impediment of his nature.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • It is as if the three words were some automatic impediment which her voice cannot pass; they can almost watch her marshalling herself to go around them.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Come now, sinner, suppose the wind of fortune, hitherto so adverse, should turn in our favour, filling the sails of our desires so that safely and without impediment we put into port in some one of those islands I have promised thee, how would it be with thee if on winning it I made thee lord of it?
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • "Oh," rejoined Billy, now mastering the impediment; "I found an afterguardsman in our part of the ship here and I bid him be off where he belongs."
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • How to settle the claims of Enscombe and Hartfield had been a continual impediment—less acknowledged by Mr. Weston than by herself—but even he had never been able to finish the subject better than by saying—"Those matters will take care of themselves; the young people will find a way."
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Richard himself was the chief impediment.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • The expense need not be any impediment.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • Of mongrel dogs, cats, partihued pigs, chickens, and pigeons—all normal impediments to navigation on the streets of Pistolville—no trace remained.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Not counting Holy week, Sundays, holy days of obligation, first Fridays, retreats, sacrifices, and cyclical impediments, her effective year was reduced to forty-two days that were spread out through a web of purple crosses.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • I grant him bloody, Luxurious, avaricious, false, deceitful, Sudden, malicious, smacking of every sin That has a name: but there’s no bottom, none, In my voluptuousness: your wives, your daughters, Your matrons, and your maids, could not fill up The cistern of my lust; and my desire All continent impediments would o’erbear, That did oppose my will: better Macbeth Than such an one to reign.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
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