Meaning of “impediment” - Learner’s Dictionary

impediment

noun [ C ] uk us /ɪmˈpedɪmənt/
NO PROGRESS formal

something that makes it difficult or impossible for someone or something to move or make progress:

Cramped classrooms are an impediment to learning.
SPEECH/HEARING

a problem that makes speaking, hearing, or moving difficult:

a speech impediment

(Definition of “impediment” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)