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Definition to prevent something

At one time, stymie referred specifically to a situation in golf whereby someone is unable to putt the ball into the hole because another player's ball blocks the hole.
  • Treatment for drug addiction is often stymied by unaddressed psychiatric conditions that underlie the addiction.
stymied = prevented
  • Education initiatives are too often stymied by a culture that doesn't adequately value education.
  • They hope the new formation will stymie the Steelers' offense.
  • And for a moment he was stymied.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • stymied = stopped (prevented from...)
  • The First Keep was simple enough, an old round drum tower, but Sansa was stymied again when it came to putting the gargoyles around the top.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • They were polite and did not say much, seeming to give deference to my coiled, stymied rage.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • After his attempt to depart the wilderness was stymied by the Teklanika's high flow, McCandless arrived back at the bus on July 8.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Stymied, Eragon grimaced and rubbed his chin, studying the play of light across the glittering blade.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • I sat hunched over, stymied.
    Dave Peizer  --  A Man Named Dave
  • Uncle Press and Alder were stymied.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • Having worked since I was eight, I had acquired the habit of work, but I was stymied about what kind of full-time work I might be fit for.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • But a start was all they had, for even after a long discussion, the children were left stymied.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • I couldn't be sure of any of these things when it came to my mother, or Caroline, or Jason, and knew they'd be equally stymied if asked about me.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • For the previous two years, her visits had been stymied by local magistrates and by the repeated bannings that prevented her from traveling.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • He's downstairs, so I'm stymied.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Stymied, I explored with my hands, moving back out into the hall.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • I assumed the handle alone would stymie the wolves, not having opposable thumbs.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • And given that we've determined the iron composition to he barely ten percent .... we're sort of stymied."
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Stymied, feeling a spasm of desperation, I slowly lowered my glass.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • My friends, I'm stymied.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code

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