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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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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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While the issues being addressed are administrative in nature, if left unchecked they would certainly impede the faculty's ability to affect the missions of education, clinical care, and research.