American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who systematically blocks or interrupts a process, especially one who attempts to impede passage of legislation by the use of delaying tactics, such as a filibuster.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who factiously opposes and hinders the action of others; specifically, one who systematically, persistently, and factiously hinders the transaction of business in a legislative assembly; an obstructive; a filibuster.
- n. someone who systematically obstructs the actions of others
- n. someone who attempts to impede the progress of legislation
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Recent, Recent One who deliberately hinders progress; one who obstructs business, as in a legislative body.
- n. someone who systematically obstructs some action that others want to take
- obstruction + -ist (Wiktionary)
“YELLIN: Now, Lou, Democrats say that Republicans will pay a price for what they call their obstructionist ways while Republicans say no, no, it is Democrats who will suffer come election time, meanwhile, both sides have to find agreement on a few issues if they hope to get anything done before Christmas.”
“However, the secretary again blasted the NEA for what he called obstructionist scare tactics to block support for the program No Child Left Behind.”
“As he opened the new Senate, Reid, 70, pleaded for his Republican colleagues to end what he called their obstructionist ways, setting the tone for coming battles over deficit reduction, the war in Afghanistan, health-care reform and taxes.”
“The politics that The Repubs created only to be obstructionist is very troubling”
“An "endorsement" by another lying Republican obstructionist is NOT an endorsement.”
“It was usually coupled with "obstructionist" - amid demands that any of George W. Bush's proposals deserved "an up-or-down vote.”
“The President finally may have the Republicans over a barrel, because if they show up on camera to discuss it with him, the voters who are watching will learn the facts -- while if they don't show up, they Repubs are being "obstructionist" -- something the independents will not forgive.”
“She wouldn’t participate in obstructionist filibusters, but she could join the opposition for dumb-ideas pushbacks.”
“I am delighted to know that President Obama will at last call the obstructionist bluffs of the GOP and some "Blue Dog" Dems ...”
“Given that these GOP governors preside over the nation's "black belt," Representative James Clyburn of South Carolina accurately called their obstructionist stance "a slap in the face of African Americans.”
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