hindrance

noun
hin·drance | \ˈhin-drən(t)s \

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

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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

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Against Wright State, more than anything, execution was the greatest hindrance to the Norse holding an unbeaten run in conference play. Charlie Hatch, Cincinnati.com, "NKU beats Cleveland State 70-55, jumps to 5-1 in Horizon League play," 15 Jan. 2018 Working with a low budget that never becomes a hindrance, Mr. Perry uses exterior space to convey interiority, as when Alyssa speaks to Nick — who keeps his back to her — from across a room that feels like a vast, unpassable chasm. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Golden Exits,’ Ties That Bind (and Cut Too)," 8 Feb. 2018 This requires expensive equipment and lots of electricity, but that was apparently not a hindrance to the Russians. New York Times, "How Russian Spies Hid Behind Bitcoin in Hacking Campaign," 13 July 2018 What is more, the mere perception that the government has access to WeChat data is a hindrance to its growth overseas, people close to the company say. Alyssa Abkowitz, WSJ, "For China, Tech Giant Tencent Is Both a National Champion and a Threat," 9 July 2018 Would a pedestrian thoroughfare be a help or hindrance to local businesses? Katie Arnold, Outside Online, "What Activism Can Teach Kids About Life," 7 June 2018 But winter weather is also a hindrance because freezing and thawing cycles can degrade concrete and other building materials more quickly. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Mississippi River lock and dam system is critical to the economy. But it's falling apart fast.," 1 June 2018 Without such hindrances, Inka Moss could work with many more than 20 villages, says Mr Piñatelli. The Economist, "Peru discovers the value of moss," 5 Apr. 2018 This requires expensive equipment and lots of electricity, but that was apparently not a hindrance to the Russians. BostonGlobe.com, "How Russian spies hid behind bitcoin in hacking campaign," 14 July 2018

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hindrance

: a person or thing that makes a situation difficult : a person or thing that hinders someone or something

: the act of making it difficult for someone to act or for something to be done : the act of hindering someone or something

hindrance

noun
hin·drance | \ˈhin-drəns \

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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