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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.
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. See prevent.
1. encourage. Unabridged
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Examples for hindering
  • If anything this article is hindering the llama business.
  • Originally, a cramped kitchen and a series of small rooms clogged one side of the house, hindering access to the outdoors.
  • Useful is great, but it's another example of needing to question whether the government is helping or hindering progress.
  • Ravi also faces charges of tampering with evidence, hindering his own apprehension, and witness tampering.
  • Another report reveals the crucial role of district human resource departments in supporting or hindering reform efforts.
  • In the butterflies' northern feeding and breeding sites, unpredictable weather is hindering reproduction.
  • It would allow welfare payments to be paid into individuals' bank accounts, hindering theft by state workers.
  • His tough line has made him popular without, so far, hindering the economy's recovery from a catastrophic slump.
  • Officials from each country use different radio frequencies, hindering communication.
  • No one who thinks uncertainty is hindering hiring thinks it crushes it absolutely.
British Dictionary definitions for hindering


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 hindering
O.E. hindrian "to harm, injure, impair," from P.Gmc. *khinderojanan, from a root meaning "on that side of, behind" (cf. hind (adj.)); thus the ground sense is "to put or keep back." Cognate of O.N. hindra, Du. hinderen, Ger. hindern "to keep back."
"rear," O.E. hinder (adv.), possibly comparative of hind (adj.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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