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Definition to block or hinder
The exact meaning of obstruct can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "obstruct the path" — block passage through
  • "obstruct justice" — hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
  • "obstruct her view" — get in the way so as to hide from sight
  • obstruct the path
obstruct = block
  • obstruct the legislation
  • The trees obstruct my view of the mountains
  • He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by...
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • obstructed = blocked or hindered
  • LADY BRITOMART [coming from the shed and stopping on the steps, obstructing Sarah, who follows with Lomax.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • In Kern County, sheriffs arrested picketers for obstructing traffic, even though the roads were deserted.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • Bamboo nodes obstruct water.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • Eugenides knew of one that had been a solarium until recent building had obstructed its sunlight and left it too cold and too dark to be useful.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • But when he reached the part where the golden beam of light had connected his and Voldemort's wands, he found his throat obstructed.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • I wasn't sure if Irwin had done what he planned to do, or if my virginity had obstructed him in some way.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • Nothing too serious yet, but I might be arrested for obstructing a police investigation.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • The thrill, the beat of her pulses, almost obstructed her thought of purpose.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • He reached the Indian and the point where he, too, could see beyond that vast jutting wall that had obstructed his view.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • A man can get in a lot of trouble for suppressing evidence, obstructing justice.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • Oh, man, how dost thou forget and obstruct thy brother man, and say, "Give us this day our daily bread," when he has none!
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Desi moves around so he is staring at me full-face, completely obstructing my vision.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • "It is those like thee who obstruct all effort to win this war," Gomez said to the staff officer.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Though Connally has been wheeled inside to Trauma Room Two and no longer obstructs the car door, Jackie Kennedy still refuses to let go of her husband.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • His body obstructs the alley.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • You can be obstructive and destructive, and you can slow it all up and distort it for your own ends, but somehow it keeps on happening.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)

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