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impede
used in Oryx and Crake

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Definition
create difficulty so as to slow or prevent (something)
  • Then he limps back up to the treeline, takes off his flowered bedsheet, hangs it on a branch: he doesn't want to be impeded.
    p. 372.1
impeded = slowed or hindered
  • Hand between both upper thighs a possibility, but this position would impede walking on the part of the subject, and no limping or stumbling is detectable.
    p. 74.8

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