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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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These came into bold relief after the initial 1931 relaxation of colonial control: Communal tensions were exacerbated during the period of the Donoughmore constitution (19311947) because the Sinhalese desired further change and utilised the power they had obtained to improve the conditions of the Sinhalese electorates, while the minority groups, especially the Ceylon Tamils, felt neglected and 'dominated' and at every stage demanded safeguards which, however, were construed by the Sinhalese reformers as impedimental to the path of self-government.(6)