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hindrance

[hin-druh ns] /ˈhɪn drəns/
noun
1.
an impeding, stopping, preventing, or the like.
2.
the state of being hindered.
3.
a person or thing that hinders.
Origin of hindrance
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English hinderaunce. See hinder1, -ance
Synonyms
3. impediment, encumbrance, obstruction, check; restraint. See obstacle.
Antonyms
3. aid.
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  • The person who reads a monologue aloud will find that its abrupt transitions are a great help, and not a hindrance.

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

  • He may call all day if he will, without let or hindrance, or the least attempt at interruption.

    In the West Country Francis A. Knight
  • I'm a help, not a hindrance, to his campaign, if he had sense enough to know it.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • But I don't know that I should be much except a hindrance to her.

    Real Folks Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
British Dictionary definitions for hindrance

hindrance

/ˈhɪndrəns/
noun
1.
an obstruction or snag; impediment
2.
the act of hindering; prevention
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Word Origin and History for hindrance
n.

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

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