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tr.v. im·ped·ed, im·ped·ing, im·pedes
To retard or obstruct the progress of. See Synonyms at hinder1.

[Latin impedīre; see ped- in Indo-European roots.]

im·ped′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.impeding - preventing movement; "the clogging crowds of revelers overflowing into the street"
preventative, preventive - tending to prevent or hinder
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When impeded in their progress, these people suddenly ceased muttering, but re-doubled their gesticulations, and awaited, with an absent and overdone smile upon the lips, the course of the persons impeding them.
Mere cattle stop the trains, and go by in a procession, just as if they were not impeding travel
On the other hand, China, along with Canada, was disqualified for impeding.
He said the PTI itself did not initiate any development project in the province and was instead impeding those initiated by the PML-N for the welfare of masses.
The constant continued withholding or impeding by the regime of humanitarian access, is in fact, violating both the intent and spirit of the agreement.
Summary: Telecoms Minister Boutros Harb said Tuesday that the time has come to elect a president, calling on those impeding the vote to allow democracy to take its course.
TUNIS, (TAP) - MPs from the Governorate of Kasserine discussed with President Beji Caid Essebsi on Wednesday in Carthage the difficulties impeding the development in the region.
The MP stressed that his bloc is with the approval of the budget and salary scale, blaming some sides for impeding people's law and rights just for politic reasons.
A MAN has been cleared of murdering his friend but convicted of impeding the prosecution after dumping his body.
Although not an exhaustive list, impeding has been found to include refusing to give an inspector the right to conduct an inspection, behaving in an aggressive manner toward an inspector while attempting to conduct an inspection, or providing signals to miners in order to conceal conditions before an inspector is able to reach the area.
THE CBI on Tuesday backed the April 11, 2011 Supreme Court order restraining all other courts from entertaining petitions for staying or impeding the progress of the trial in the 2G scam case.