obstructionism obstructionism  /əb ˈstrək ʃə ˌnɪ zəm/


  • (n) deliberate interference


  1. That obstructionism was on amazing display at the recent NATO summit in Istanbul.
  2. It is easy to dismiss the unanimous Republican opposition to the House version of the stimulus bill as bitter, clueless obstructionism.
  3. This stubborn obstructionism ill serves our country, and discourages men and women of talent from serving their nation.


  • Obama's Second Term Recovery Guide: Use Your Leverage

    The surveillance scandal, the IRS mess, Republican obstructionism, and general second-term malaise are all conspiring to make Obama the lamest of ducks. And he has less than 1,300 days left.
    on July 1, 2013     Source: The Huffington Post

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  1. "They chose to obstruct his confirmation, even though he enjoys majority support in the Senate, and even though their tactics will disrupt our diplomatic work at a sensitive and important time," Bush said. "This stubborn obstructionism ill...
    on Dec 4, 2006 By: President Bush Source: ABC News

  2. "The president is disappointed in this inaction and hopes that the days of judicial obstructionism are beyond us," said Dana Perino, deputy White House spokeswoman.
    on Jan 9, 2007 By: Dana Perino Source: Forbes

  3. "This was a tired vote of bitter obstructionism," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a statement issued after the vote. "It may be uncomfortable for some to watch us have to clean up mess after mess - from corruption to lawbreaking - that...
    on May 13, 2009 By: Ken Salazar Source: New York Times

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