Adjective "obstructive" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Causing a blockage or obstruction.
  1. 'Mrs Brown said that throughout Jones behaved in a violent and obstructive manner, at one point clinging on to a row of shopping trolleys.'
  2. 'A caller reported kids throwing leaves at passing cars on McGee Drive, saying she was ‘momentarily blinded’ by obstructed view from the leaves.'
  3. 'The edging for these borders should be selected carefully, not too high to be obstructive, not too low to be a waste of time and absolutely no sharp edges.'
  4. 'Here too, point number three emphasized that the buses should not be brought to a halt in an obstructive way in front of bus stops.'
  5. 'But one window, to the storeroom at the back, is open, and I step through and in, tearing my shirt on an obstructive nail as I go.'
  6. '‘It's essential that SNH staff have a statutory right of access to all land and water without having to seek permission from obstructive land-owners,’ he said.'
  7. 'Pedestrian charity and road safety campaign group, Living Streets joins battle against illegal and obstructive parking in the Norwich area by issuing its own parking warning notices.'
  8. 'They worried that women sporting the obstructive hairstyle were lowering wartime factory production.'
  9. 'The proposed development will not form a visually obstructive feature in the landscape.'
  10. 'The leaflet informs the vehicle owner of their obstructive parking and warns them that it is an offence and could lead to prosecution.'
  11. 'the child developed severe obstructive symptoms'
  12. 'Heliox has been used and studied in adults with asthma, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and respiratory acidosis.'
  13. 'It can help in the diagnosis of an obstructive ventilatory pattern.'
  14. 'They treated 39 patients with obstructive symptoms using medical therapy.'
  15. 'Surgery still remains the standard of treatment for obstructive symptoms.'
  16. 'Apart from snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness is the most common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea.'
  17. 'People with chronic bronchitis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may experience recurrent exacerbations with worsening symptoms or greater volume or purulence of sputum.'
  18. 'Maintaining a healthy weight can help prevent obstructive sleep apnea, a blockage in the throat or upper airway that temporarily halts breathing and disrupts sleep patterns.'
  19. 'People who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea are more likely to die suddenly from a heart attack when they are sleeping, according to a new study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic.'
  20. 'On follow-up, the size of the lesions decreased, and the obstructive symptoms improved with antibiotic treatment alone.'
  21. 'Infants and children with paraphimosis may present with obstructive voiding symptoms and, when severe, acute urinary obstruction.'
Causing or tending to cause deliberate difficulties and delays.
  1. 'However awkward and obstructive the dictator has been, the president is going to war come what may.'
  2. 'If anything, company personnel were obstructive: Mr Jones first delayed the audit and then failed to implement it.'
  3. 'Confidence and ambition regarding the international competitiveness of these industries made trade barriers and protection appear unnecessary and obstructive.'
  4. 'That typifies his attitude throughout the case uncooperative, obstructive and difficult.'
  5. 'The ‘men in suits’, continually seeking change in the most obstructive way, brought confusion and chaos that disrupted the teaching process.'
  6. 'This is where the industry is being deliberately obstructive, holding Britain back in the meantime.'
  7. 'Was Mrs Smith deliberately obstructive or uncooperative?'
  8. 'The police constable told the court that when Smith was taken to Scarborough police station he was ‘difficult, obstructive and offensive towards the custody sergeant’.'
  9. 'That typifies his attitude throughout the case that has been uncooperative, obstructive and difficult.'
  10. 'Abelard found the monks of Saint Gilda's difficult and obstructive - even dangerous - and he claims that there were several attempts on his life while in residence.'


1. to block or close up with an obstacle; make difficult to pass: Debris obstructed the road.

2. to interrupt, hinder, or oppose the passage, progress, course, etc., of.

3. to block from sight; to be in the way of (a view, passage, etc.).

More examples(as adjective)

"alls can be obstructive for times."

"diseases can be obstructive."

"symptoms can be obstructive."

"people can be obstructive."

"jaundices can be obstructive."

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