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impediment

noun [C] uk   /ɪmˈped.ɪ.mənt/ formal us  
something that makes progress, movement, or achieving something difficult or impossible: In a number of developing countries, war has been an additional impediment to progress. Difficult things and peoplePreventing and impeding
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