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[hin-der] /ˈhɪn dər/
verb (used with object)
to cause delay, interruption, or difficulty in; hamper; impede:
The storm hindered our progress.
to prevent from doing, acting, or happening; stop:
to hinder a man from committing a crime.
verb (used without object)
to be an obstacle or impediment.
Origin of hinder1
before 1000; Middle English hindren, Old English hindrian “to hold back,” equivalent to hinder hinder2 + -ian causative verb suffix
Related forms
hinderer, noun
hinderingly, adverb
unhindered, adjective
unhindering, adjective
unhinderingly, adverb
1. encumber, obstruct, trammel. 2. block, thwart.
1. encourage.
Synonym Study
2. See prevent. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unhindered
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  • Once alone he had a chance to think, unhindered by the presence of any one.

    Under Fire Frank A. Munsey
  • He would thrill as a child with the unhindered passion that was in him.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • Look around you, as here you may look, unhindered by any confining walls.

  • The establishment was approved, well-recommended: let it do its work unaided, unhindered.

    On the Stairs Henry B. Fuller
  • And the man would be gaining just so many more days unhindered at the cabin.

    Red Men and White Owen Wister
  • During that time we shall be able to seek Lygia unhindered and secrete her in safety.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • So far as they could see, the flow was unhindered by obstacles; there was no break in the banks.

    Desert Conquest

    A. M. Chisholm
  • Forward they press, unchecked by rivers, unhindered by mountains.

    The Story of Chartres Cecil Headlam
British Dictionary definitions for unhindered


without hindrance: he could proceed unhindered


to be or get in the way of (someone or something); hamper
(transitive) to prevent
Derived Forms
hinderer, noun
hindering, adjective, noun
Word Origin
Old English hindrian; related to Old Norse hindra, Old High German hintarōn


(prenominal) situated at or further towards the back or rear; posterior: the hinder parts
Word Origin
Old English; related to Old Norse hindri latter, Gothic hindar beyond, Old High German hintar behind
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Word Origin and History for unhindered

1610s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of hinder.



Old English hindrian "to harm, injure, impair, check, repress," from Proto-Germanic *hinderojanan (cf. Old Norse hindra, Dutch hinderen, Old High German hintaron, German hindern "to keep back"), from a root meaning "on that side of, behind" (cf. hind (adj.)); thus the ground sense is "to put or keep back," though this sense in English is recorded only from late 14c. Related: Hindered; hindering.



"situated in the rear, toward the back," late 14c., probably from Old English hinder (adv.) "behind, back, afterward," but treated as a comparative of hind (adj.). Related to Old High German hintar, German hinter, Gothic hindar "behind." Middle English had hinderhede, literally "hinder-hood; posterity in time, inferiority in rank;" and hinderling "person fallen from moral or social respectability, wretch."

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