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A disability or obstruction that prevents an individual from entering into a contract.

Infancy, for example, is an impediment in making certain contracts. Impediments to marriage include such factors as consanguinity between the parties or an earlier marriage that is still valid.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


an obstruction to the making of a contract or a marriage by reason of closeness of blood or affinity.
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"We have learned we don't make fun of people because of physical disabilities, because it is something we cannot help, and that attitude is changing towards speech impediments too."
He said attitudes did improve among adults, compared to children, but that there was still a "great deal to do" in Wales to improve acceptance of people with speech impediments.
"Speech impediments are disabilities too, and I don't think it is recognised as a disability - officially it is not".
But a tabloid attempt to poke fun at the speech impediment of the new England manager has been met with a storm of protest - after it was accused of being disrespectful to Roy Hodgson for a headline parodying his speech impediment.
She said that attitude had changed around disabilities and impediments compared to 30 to 40 years ago, and that more people now wouldn't make fun of a speech impediment as it is recognised in the same way as any other impairment.
Colin Firth as Bertie (King George VI) in The King's Speech, which follows the story of how the present Queen's father battled to overcome a speech impediment with the help of a therapist
According to ASA, furious viewers felt it, "Encouraged bad manners, mocked people with speech impediments, or set a bad example to children".
Offended viewers felt it encouraged bad manners, mocked people with speech impediments, or set a bad example to children, the Advertising Standards Authority said.
Kids suffering long term speech impediments have shown remarkable improvements within weeks of trying the Electropalatrography (EPG).

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