hindrance

[hin-druhns]
noun
1.
an impeding, stopping, preventing, or the like.
2.
the state of being hindered.
3.
a person or thing that hinders.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English hinderaunce. See hinder1, -ance


3. impediment, encumbrance, obstruction, check; restraint. See obstacle.


3. aid.
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hindrance (ˈhɪndrəns)
 
n
1.  an obstruction or snag; impediment
2.  the act of hindering; prevention

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hindrance
1436, from hindren, from same root as hinder (v.), on model of Fr.-derived words such as resistance.
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Example sentences
Of course, I admit to being naive enough to not even think that it would be a
  hindrance.
When it comes research, in any field, these boundaries should fall away
  wherever and whenever they become a hindrance.
The density of the text is, at times, a hindrance.
Scientists say those restrictions have been a big hindrance.
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