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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
Recent Examples on the Web Smith’s number was much lower and the $1.4 million of dead money each season through 2021-22 wasn’t -- and hasn’t been -- a hindrance. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 5 May 2021 But, doing those things didn’t help me at all, and instead were a hindrance to my self-esteem, and overall mood. Kristen Griffith, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 2 June 2021 But his defense has been a hindrance to his ability to make the MLB roster. Dallas News, 6 May 2021 Another hindrance could be the supply-chain delays, including chip shortages, that have hobbled manufacturers and undermined sales of cars, smartphones and other products. USA Today, 28 Apr. 2021 However, a massive hindrance is the absence of semiconductor wafer fabrication (FAB) units, which make semiconductor chips. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 12 Apr. 2021 Crucially, the medium (ie the online chat room) was no hindrance to the ability of the group to interpret the emotions of their peers or to contribute fully to the tasks at hand. Adi Gaskell, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 Besides having their favorite content go away, other frustrations mentioned by streaming video users were subscribing to multiple providers to watch their favorite content, 53% cited that as a hindrance. Brad Adgate, Forbes, 5 May 2021 District 5 candidate Hannah Smith described the plan as a hindrance to free speech while opponent Ed Hernandez said the community knows the plan won’t be implemented and should move past the fear-mongering. Talia Richman, Dallas News, 26 Apr. 2021

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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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21 Jun 2021

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“Hindrance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hindrance. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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


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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