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Definition of "obstructionist" []

  • One who systematically blocks or interrupts a process, especially one who attempts to impede passage of legislation by the use of delaying tactics, such as a filibuster. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "obstructionist" in a sentence
  • "YELLIN: Now, Lou, Democrats say that Republicans will pay a price for what they call their obstructionist ways while Republicans say no, no, it is Democrats who will suffer come election time, meanwhile, both sides have to find agreement on a few issues if they hope to get anything done before Christmas."
  • "However, the secretary again blasted the NEA for what he called obstructionist scare tactics to block support for the program No Child Left Behind."
  • "As he opened the new Senate, Reid, 70, pleaded for his Republican colleagues to end what he called their obstructionist ways, setting the tone for coming battles over deficit reduction, the war in Afghanistan, health-care reform and taxes."