hin·​drance | \ ˈhin-drən(t)s How to pronounce hindrance (audio) \

Definition of hindrance

1 : the state of being interfered with, held back, or slowed down : the state of being hindered hindrance of speech
2 : a person or thing that interferes with or slows the progress of someone or something : impediment a hindrance to learning
3 : the act of interfering with or slowing the progress of someone or something : the action of hindering should be allowed to live where he chooses without hindrance

Examples of hindrance in a Sentence

Is my presence here a help or a hindrance? made a survey of all the hindrances to wheelchair access, such as curbs and stairs
Recent Examples on the Web Racist beauty standards have also been a hindrance in the past for Black women getting out and exercising, Elliott said. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Apr. 2022 And since the gaskets are lightweight, shipping them from anywhere in the country won’t be a hindrance. Ray Magliozzi, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Apr. 2022 Even the vaunted Brown v. Board of Education demonstrates the extent to which the court has been a hindrance in the fight for equal rights. Jamelle Bouie New York Times, Star Tribune, 25 July 2021 Not having a car is a hindrance; not having food can be fatal, in the short or long term. New York Times, 18 Mar. 2022 Operating within a franchise that has over 80 years worth of material to draw from was both a help and a hindrance, according to Dillon and Crossman. Leah Dolan, CNN, 4 Mar. 2022 His size had not been a hindrance, in college or in the N.F.L. New York Times, 4 Mar. 2022 The Newsom administration has pointed to federal rules as a hindrance to doing more, but parent and anti-poverty advocates are pushing the state, which is now flush with cash, to follow Colorado’s lead. Mackenzie Mays Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 28 Feb. 2022 In fact, more than half of black business owners polled in a recent national survey cite lack of access to cash as the main hindrance to their ability to grow. Zenger News, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of hindrance

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hindrance

see hinder entry 1

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“Hindrance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hindrance. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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hin·​drance | \ ˈhin-drəns How to pronounce hindrance (audio) \

Kids Definition of hindrance

: someone or something that makes a situation more difficult "… you shouldn't worry about the little fellow's feet … I don't personally think they're going to be a hindrance …"— Dick King-Smith, Pigs Might Fly

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