Meaning of “obstruction” in the English Dictionary


"obstruction" in English

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uk /əbˈstrʌk.ʃən/ us /əbˈstrʌk.ʃən/

[ C or U ] something that blocks a road, passage, entrance, etc. so that nothing can go along it, or the act of blocking something in this way:

There's some kind of obstruction on the railway tracks.

[ U ] behaviour or actions that prevent something from happening or working correctly:

They were charged with obstruction of the police/of justice (= preventing the police/law courts from doing their jobs).

[ U ] in sport an occasion when one player gets in the way of another and so prevents them from moving freely:

The referee said it was obstruction.

(Definition of “obstruction” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"obstruction" in American English

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obstructionnoun [ C/U ]

us /əbˈstrʌk·ʃən, ɑb-/

law Obstruction of justice is the act of preventing the police or law courts from doing their job.

(Definition of “obstruction” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)