Definitions

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  • adj. Of the nature of an impediment; hindering or obstructing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of the nature of an impediment; hindering; obstructing; impeditive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or of the nature of impediment; hindering; obstructing.

Etymologies

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impediment +‎ -al

Examples

  • When a man is shouting for joy he can scatter largesse with a free hand, but he cannot loosen his purse-strings while he is holding his breath; and even when it is only being held for him by a sort of hypnotic suggestion, his nature is still undergoing a certain impedimental strain.

    King John of Jingalo The Story of a Monarch in Difficulties

  • Be this as it may, he does know much about it, and, in the demolition of impedimental fragments of wall, buttress, and pavement, has seen strange sights.

    The Mystery of Edwin Drood

  • Mr. Byers started slightly, but it appeared that the impedimental sex in this case was the coach, which, after a slight feminine hesitation, was at last started.

    Openings in the Old Trail

  • They lingered long at Nice; and here Talbot and Lucy joined them, with an impedimental train of luggage and servants, and a Normandy nurse with a blue-eyed girl-baby.

    Aurora Floyd. A Novel

  • Fighting did, and alas must yet, though far seldomer now, superadd itself as an accident, a distressing impedimental adjunct.

    Past and Present

  • Governing, -- to which occasionally Fighting did, and alas must yet, though far seldomer now, superadd itself as an accident, a distressing impedimental adjunct.

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle's Collected Works, Vol. XIII.

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