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

Synonyms for hindrance

Antonyms for hindrance

3. aid.
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Examples from the Web for hindrance

Contemporary Examples of hindrance

Historical Examples of hindrance

  • They arrived at the gate without question or hindrance; but found it fastened.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • We should have more revenue, and that without delay, hindrance, or postponement.

  • She spoke with a touch of haste, as if battling against some hindrance within.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The nearest vessel was the only one that for the moment was able to offer any hindrance.

  • All this is a hindrance to them; there are the clothes of the judges and the clothes of the judged.



British Dictionary definitions for hindrance



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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