That which stands in the way, or opposes; anything that hinders progress; a hindrance; an obstruction, physical or moral. "If all obstacles were cut away. And that my path were even to the crown." (Shak)

Synonyms: Impediment, obstuction, hindrance, difficulty. See Impediment, and Obstruction.

Origin: F, fr. L. Obstaculum, fr. Obstare to withstand, oppose; ob (see Ob-) + stare to stand. See Stand. And cf. Oust.

(01 Mar 1998)

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