Synonyms & Antonyms of hinder

(Entry 1 of 2)

being at or in the part of something opposite the front part
  • the animal's case of mange was especially bad in its hinder parts

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Synonyms & Antonyms of hinder (Entry 2 of 2)

to create difficulty for the work or activity of
  • was not hindered by a lack of money because she could use what food she had on hand

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How does the verb hinder contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of hinder are block, impede, and obstruct. While all these words mean "to interfere with the activity or progress of," hinder stresses causing harmful or annoying delay or interference with progress.

rain hindered the climb

Where would block be a reasonable alternative to hinder?

The words block and hinder can be used in similar contexts, but block implies complete obstruction to passage or progress.

a landslide blocked the road

When would impede be a good substitute for hinder?

The words impede and hinder are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, impede implies making forward progress difficult by clogging, hampering, or fettering.

tight clothing that impedes movement

When could obstruct be used to replace hinder?

The meanings of obstruct and hinder largely overlap; however, obstruct implies interfering with something in motion or in progress by the sometimes intentional placing of obstacles in the way.

the view was obstructed by billboards

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The first known use of hinder was before the 12th century

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“Hinder.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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