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obstructive

adjective uk   /əbˈstrʌk.tɪv/ disapproving us  
trying to stop someone from doing something by causing problems for them: We'd have made a decision by now if Jean hadn't been so obstructive.
obstructively
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
obstructiveness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Translations of “obstructive”
in Chinese (Traditional) 有意妨礙的,蓄意阻撓的, 刁難的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 有意妨碍的,蓄意阻挠的, 刁难的…
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