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Meaning & Definition of Obstacle in English

English

Obstacle

/ɑbstəkəl/

noun

1. Something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted

  • "Lack of imagination is an obstacle to one's advancement"
  • "The poverty of a district is an obstacle to good education"
  • "The filibuster was a major obstruction to the success of their plan"
    synonym:
  • obstacle
  • ,
  • obstruction

2. An obstruction that stands in the way (and must be removed or surmounted or circumvented)

    synonym:
  • obstacle