hindrance

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noun hin·drance \ˈhin-drən(t)s\

Definition of hindrance

  1. 1 :  the state of being interfered with, held back, or slowed down :  the state of being hindered <hindrance of speech>

  2. 2 :  a person or thing that interferes with or slows the progress of someone or something :  impediment <a hindrance to learning>

  3. 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

  1. Is my presence here a help or a hindrance?

  2. <made a survey of all the hindrances to wheelchair access, such as curbs and stairs>

Origin and Etymology of hindrance

see 1hinder


First Known Use: 1526



HINDRANCE Defined for English Language Learners

hindrance

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noun hin·drance \ˈhin-drən(t)s\

Definition of hindrance for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

hindrance

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noun hin·drance \ˈhin-drəns\

Definition of hindrance for Students

  1. :  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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