- 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.
- to be an obstacle or impediment.
Origin of hinder1
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Examples from the Web for unhindered
But is his kind of love—“a resolute march to the future, well planned and equipped and unhindered by doubt”—enough?My Sentimental Education: Susan Choi’s Novel of Stormy Love
July 11, 2013
Unfortunately, the rest of us often march blithely on, continuing to drink at an unhindered pace.Can You Prevent a Hangover?
December 31, 2010
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
Look around you, as here you may look, unhindered by any confining walls.The Singing Mouse Stories
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
- without hindrancehe could proceed unhindered
- to be or get in the way of (someone or something); hamper
- (tr) to prevent
- (prenominal) situated at or further towards the back or rear; posteriorthe hinder parts
Word Origin and History for unhindered
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."