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[ US /əbˈstɹəkʃən/ ]
[ UK /ɒbstɹˈʌkʃən/ ]
  1. the act of obstructing
    obstruction of justice
  2. getting in someone's way
  3. something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted
    lack of imagination is an obstacle to one's advancement
    the filibuster was a major obstruction to the success of their plan
    the poverty of a district is an obstacle to good education
  4. any structure that makes progress difficult
  5. the physical condition of blocking or filling a passage with an obstruction
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How To Use obstruction In A Sentence

  • This is the very definition of obstructionism: To delay a foregone conclusion for the sake of a petty protest.
  • Seven patients had one or more episodes of partial or complete large bowel obstruction and four others were constipated.
  • Surely this would be the ideal place to locate these stall holders - still in the town centre but not causing obstructions.
  • As demonstrated in the literature, lymphangiography combined with CT is the standard procedure for detecting the obstruction site of the thoracic duct or a tumor mass in the mediastinal area.
  • That would give the government a much-needed handle on economic policy-making, which has been hamstrung by opposition obstructionism.
  • The Choctaw [Footnote: Romans, p. 70, Bossu, Vol. I, p. 308.] boys made use of a cane stalk, eight or nine feet in length, from which the obstructions at the joints had been removed, much as boys use what is called a putty blower. Indian Games : an historical research
  • Chronic idiopathic intestinal pseudoobstruction is usually caused by disease of the enteric nerves or smooth muscle.
  • _Ophthalmia lymphatica_ is a kind of anasarca of the tunica adnata; in this the vessels over the sclerotica, or white part of the eye, rise considerably above the cornea, which they surround, are less red than in the ophthalmia superficialis, and appear to be swelled by an accumulation of lymph rather than of blood; it is probably owing to the temporary obstruction of a branch of the lymphatic system. Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life
  • Another attempt by Republican Obstructionists to "bamboozle" the American taxpayers. Obama touts financial reform, says GOP stance 'deceptive'
  • The apparatus under consideration was employed in the St. Quentin gas works during the winter of 1881-1882, without giving rise to any obstruction; and, besides, it was found that by its use there might be avoided all choking up of the pipes at the works and the city mains through naphthaline. Scientific American Supplement, No. 363, December 16, 1882
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