Pronunciation: (im-ped'u-munt), [key]
1. obstruction; hindrance; obstacle.
2. any physical defect that impedes normal or easy speech; a speech disorder.
3. Chiefly Eccles. Law.a bar, usually of blood or affinity, to marriage: a diriment impediment.
4. Usually, impediments. impedimenta.
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