im·ped·i·ment /im-'pe-də-mənt/ n: something that prevents or interferes with a process, power, or right
should have known of the legal impediment s to the execution of any judgment against the police juryPenalber v. Blount, 550 So. 2d 577 (1989); specif: a bar to the formation of a valid contract or marriage compare nullity

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun bar, barrier, block, blockade, blockage, brake, burden, censorship, check, clog, complication, constraint, counteraction, damper, delay, deterrent, deterrence, difficulty, disability, disadvantage, discouragement, drawback, encumbrance, estoppel, fetter, frustration, hamper, hampering, handicap, hindrance, holdback, impedimentum, impasse, imposition, inconvenience, inhibition, interference, interruption, limitation, load, objection, obstacle, obstruction, obtrusion, opposition, preclusion, predicament, prevention, prohibition, resistance, restraint, restriction, retardation, retardment, setback, shackle, snag, stop, stoppage, stumbling block, trammel associated concepts: absolute impediment, detrimental impediment, impediment to a legal remedy, legal impediment, prohibitive impediments, relative impediments foreign phrases:
- Non valet impedimentum quod de jure non sortitur effectum. — An impediment which has no effect in law is of no force.
- Remoto Impedlmento, emerglt actio. — The impediment being removed, the action comes to life
II index bar (obstruction), barrier, blockade (barrier), burden, censorship, check (bar), complication, constraint (restriction), damper (stopper), delay, deterrence, disadvantage, drawback, encumbrance, estoppel, fetter, filibuster, frustration, halt, handicap, hindrance, impasse, imposition (excessive burden), incumbrance (burden), interruption, obstacle, obstruction, onus (burden), predicament, prohibition, restraint, restriction

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A disability or obstruction that prevents an individual from entering into a contract.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A disability or obstruction that prevents an individual from entering into a contract.

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