1 [hin-der]
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

hinderer, noun
hinderingly, adverb
unhindered, adjective
unhindering, adjective
unhinderingly, adverb

1. encumber, obstruct, trammel. 2. block, thwart. See prevent.

1. encourage.
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hinder1 (ˈhɪndə)
1.  to be or get in the way of (someone or something); hamper
2.  (tr) to prevent
[Old English hindrian; related to Old Norse hindra, Old High German hintarōn]
adj, —n

hinder2 (ˈhaɪndə)
(prenominal) situated at or further towards the back or rear; posterior: the hinder parts
[Old English; related to Old Norse hindri latter, Gothic hindar beyond, Old High German hintar behind]

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Word Origin & History

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.).
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Example sentences
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.
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