from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun plural Objects, such as provisions or baggage, that impede or encumber.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Things which hinder, impede, or encumber; specifically, articles taken with one on a journey which impede one's progress; especially, military baggage; supplies carried along with an army; in general, baggage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural (Mil.) Things which impede or hinder progress; incumbrances; baggage

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Equipment intended for an activity that serves as more of a hindrance than a help
  • noun Plural form of impedimentum.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the baggage and equipment carried by an army
  • noun any structure that makes progress difficult


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin impedīmenta, pl. of impedīmentum, impediment; see impediment.]


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  • "she wondered if those with the same abstracts, files and professional impedimenta on his desk...."the 26-year old Jean Louise Finch considering materials on her father's desk.

    The tallest of the trade that get in the way of an individual's consideration of their self. At any rate, in the case of Harper Lee's "Go set a watchman".

    January 9, 2022