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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 im·ped·i·ment /ɪmˈpɛdəmənt/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 im·ped·i·ment /ɪmˈpɛdəmənt/ 名詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Im·ped·i·ment n.  That which impedes or hinders progress, motion, activity, or effect.
 Thus far into the bowels of the land
 Have we marched on without impediment.   --Shak.
 Impediment in speech, a defect which prevents distinct utterance.
 Syn: -- Hindrance; obstruction; obstacle; difficulty; incumbrance.
 Usage: -- Impediment, Obstacle, Difficulty, Hindrance. An impediment literally strikes against our feet, checking our progress, and we remove it. An obstacle rises before us in our path, and we surmount or remove it. A difficulty sets before us something hard to be done, and we encounter it and overcome it. A hindrance holds us back for a time, but we break away from it.
    The eloquence of Demosthenes was to Philip of Macedon, a difficulty to be met with his best resources, an obstacle to his own ambition, and an impediment in his political career.   --C. J. Smith.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Im·ped·i·ment, v. t. To impede. [R.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: something immaterial that interferes with or delays action
           or progress [syn: hindrance, deterrent, balk, baulk,
            check, handicap]
      2: any structure that makes progress difficult [syn: obstruction,
          obstructor, obstructer, impedimenta]