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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
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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  • Of course, I admit to being naive enough to not even think that it would be a hindrance.
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  • The density of the text is, at times, a hindrance.
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  • But he does not perceive his lack of media experience as a hindrance.
  • Another hindrance could be time and money.
  • Our fear of change may seem like a hindrance, but our stubbornness is also one of our greatest assets.
  • Unfortunately, when the pulp becomes sodden, it can become more of a hindrance than a help.
  • Princess Varvara is no help, but a hindrance.
  • Yet the boat was allowed to proceed without hindrance once again.
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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