from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To block or fill (a passage) with obstacles or an obstacle. See Synonyms at block.
- transitive v. To impede, retard, or interfere with; hinder: obstructed my progress. See Synonyms at hinder1.
- transitive v. To get in the way of so as to hide from sight.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To block or fill (a passage) with obstacles or an obstacle. See Synonyms at block.
- v. To impede, retard, or interfere with; hinder: obstructed my progress.
- v. To get in the way of so as to hide from sight.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To block up; to stop up or close, as a way or passage; to place an obstacle in, or fill with obstacles or impediments that prevent or hinder passing
- transitive v. To be, or come, in the way of; to hinder from passing; to stop; to impede; to retard
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To block up; stop up or close, as a way or passage; fill with obstacles or impediments that prevent passing.
- To hinder from passing; stop; impede in any way; check.
- To retard; interrupt; delay: as, progress is often obstructed by difficulties, though not entirely stopped.
- Synonyms To bar, barricade, blockade, arrest, clog, choke, dam up, embarrass, See obstacle.
- n. An obstruction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
- v. shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight
- v. block passage through
Obviously, the Republicans 'desire to obstruct is not based on concerns about qualifications, or, in some cases, even ideology.
And the only reason why the Republican Party has been able to obstruct is because of the filibuster (more accurately, Senate rules, but close enough.).
The first thing they do after getting back the full power to obstruct is Shelby shaking down Obama for billions?
But he goes on, — “The apostle advanceth towards his proposed end, and adds, ‘Those whom he called, them he also justified,’ or decreed to justify, in case the called obstruct him not in his way, or by their unbelief render not themselves incapable of justification.”
The apostle advanceth towards his proposed end, and addeth, ‘Those whom he called, them he also justified;’ that is, according to our last exposition of the word ‘called,’ he hath purposed or decreed to justify, — to wit, in case the called obstruct him not in his way, or by their unbelief render not themselves incapable of justification.
They offer no alternatives, no workable plans and in a time of crisis they linger, allowing more destruction and disaster to take place against the will of the majority for purely political reasons ... to "obstruct" implementing any real change.
“Tory leader David Cameron has warned the SNP not to "obstruct" a replacement for the Trident missile system if his party wins the next election”
What does an opposition party do exactly if it doesn't "obstruct" a weak and unpopular President from shoving extremist legislation down the country's collective throat?
"The conduct of (Barros) could clearly amount to an attempt to" obstruct "or" pervert "the course of justice," wrote Slatter.
Republicans in the US Congress of attempting "to filibuster" US recovery and "obstruct" progress.
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