. s. m.
Empêchement, opposition, ce qui empêche qu'une personne n'arrive à son but, ne parvienne à ses fins, qu'une chose ne se fasse, ne réussisse. Grand obstacle. Obstacle invincible. Lever tout obstacle. Vaincre, surmonter, franchir, renverser, forcer un obstacle. Triompher d'un obstacle. Former des obstacles. Faire naître un obstacle, des obstacles. Faire cesser des obstacles. Rencontrer un obstacle. Vous n'y trouverez point d'obstacle. Beaucoup d'obstacles. Faire obstacle à quelqu'un. Mettre obstacle à quelque chose, à un dessein. Il n'y a nul obstacle. Il lui a opposé des obstacles insurmontables, invincibles. Les obstacles se sont multipliés. Aucun obstacle ne l'arrête. Son courage s'enflamme par les obstacles. Ce n'est qu'un léger obstacle.

L'Academie francaise. 1835.

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