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 of hindrance from the Web
The pushback against gun control is the biggest hindrance to reforming the laws, McBath says.
In the early stages of the Democratic nomination contest, the DNC appeared to be far more an ally to Clinton than a hindrance.
It is closely tied to his stamina which has been a hindrance in the past.
Many dancers play Hilarion as a gruff boor who is merely a hindrance to the central lovers, but Mr. Zhurbin’s solid sincerity inspires sympathy, and this complicates and deepens the story.
And even those who survive are viewed as a hindrance to their families and society.
Despite a few hindrances, 2 Chainz's once-elusive Pretty Girls Like Trap Music album will arrive June 16.
Duterte’s actions have become a hindrance to U.S. efforts to reassert its presence in Asia, although the U.S. military has vowed to continue patrolling one of the world’s busiest commercial waterways.
Opioids often play an important and necessary role in treatment for a workplace injury, but long-term use can become a hindrance to recovery.
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HINDRANCE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of hindrance for Students
: 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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