[ hin-druhns ]
/ ˈhɪn drəns /


an impeding, stopping, preventing, or the like.
the state of being hindered.
a person or thing that hinders.

Origin of hindrance

First recorded in 1400–50, hindrance is from the late Middle English word hinderaunce. See hinder1, -ance
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British Dictionary definitions for hindrance


/ (ˈhɪndrəns) /


an obstruction or snag; impediment
the act of hindering; prevention
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Word Origin and History for hindrance



mid-15c., a hybrid from hindren, from same root as hinder (v.), on model of French-derived words in -ance.

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