Antonyms for obstacles

Grammar : Noun
Spell : ob-stuh-kuhl
Phonetic Transcription : ˈɒb stə kəl

Definition of obstacles

Origin :
  • mid-14c., from Old French obstacle, ostacle "opposition, obstruction, hindrance" (13c.) or directly from Latin obstaculum "a hindrance, obstacle," with instrumental suffix *-tlom + obstare "stand before, stand opposite to, block, hinder, thwart," from ob "against" (see ob-) + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).
  • The lover thinks more often of reaching his mistress than the husband of guarding his wife; the prisoner thinks more often of escaping than the gaoler of shutting his door; and so, whatever the obstacles may be, the lover and the prisoner ought to succeed. [Stendhal, "Charterhouse of Parma"]
  • Obstacle course is attested from 1891.
  • noun impediment, barrier
Example sentences :
  • Obstacles will only increase his eagerness and multiply his artifices.
  • Extract from : « Philothea » by Lydia Maria Child
  • The rested muscles of his body and mind craved the resistance of obstacles.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • The sufferings of the past, the obstacles of the future, had disappeared as if by magic.
  • Extract from : « The Dream » by Emile Zola
  • But once in the city, days passed; obstacles arose on every side.
  • Extract from : « The Dream » by Emile Zola
  • But even if there were no obstacles to his freedom of action he would do nothing.
  • Extract from : « The Secret Agent » by Joseph Conrad
  • He knew that the four Obstacles were somewhere about the temple.
  • Extract from : « It Happened in Egypt » by C. N. Williamson
  • There were only four Obstacles which might prevent an ideal meeting.
  • Extract from : « It Happened in Egypt » by C. N. Williamson
  • The other weapon with which he conquered all obstacles in science was patience.
  • Extract from : « The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 10, No. 58, August, 1862 » by Various
  • All night he ran, blundering in the darkness into mishaps and obstacles that delayed but did not daunt.
  • Extract from : « White Fang » by Jack London
  • Throw what obstacles in the way you please; it will surmount them all.
  • Extract from : « A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume I » by Mrs. Humphry Ward

Synonyms for obstacles

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