hindrance meaning

[ 'hindrəns ] Pronunciation:   "hindrance" in a sentence
Noun: hindrance  hindruns
  1. Something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
    - hinderance, deterrent, impediment, balk, baulk [Brit], check, handicap 
  2. Any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
    - hinderance, hitch, preventive, preventative, encumbrance, incumbrance, interference 
  3. The act of hindering or obstructing or impeding
    - hinderance, interference

Derived forms: hindrances

See also: hinder

Type of: act, deed, difficulty, human action, human activity, impediment, impedimenta, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor


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  1. punctuation is likewise a hindrance.
  2. instead of help miranda became a hindrance.
  3. lack of money is a real hindrance to my plans for travelling.
  4. with a lifetime before her, the length of books was no hindrance.
  5. an individual may express any views at all without legal hindrance.

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