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impediment

(ĭm-pĕd′ə-mənt)
n.
1.
a. Something that impedes; a hindrance or obstruction.
b. Law Something that obstructs the making of a legal contract.
2. A physical defect, especially one that interferes with speech.

im·ped′i·men′tal (-mĕn′tl), im·ped′i·men′ta·ry (-mĕn′tə-rē) adj.
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Nexafed's Impede technology significantly disrupts the conversion of PSE to meth, making it virtually useless for meth manufacturing.
Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed Al Ameri, Head of the Emergency and Public Safety Department at the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters, said in a radio show that crowding near accident sites is a disruptive habit, which may impede traffic and prevent rescue, ambulance and fire fighting teams from carrying out their duties.
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District Court Judge Irene Berger recently made headlines with her decision to go beyond federal guidelines and sentence David Hughart, formerly of Massey Energy, to 42 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiring to impede MSHA inspections and federal mine safety laws.
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The Commission has concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.
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In the proposed rulemaking, the FCC tentatively concluded that it has the authority to regulate exclusive contracts for the provision of video services to MDUs or any other "real estate development" should it find that such contracts impede competition and impair the deployment of video services.
In what I can only conclude is an attempt to impede our investigation, Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, through its lawyers, has refused to provide my prosecutors with the records," Delgadillo said.
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