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]

unhindered (ʌnˈhɪndəd)
without hindrance: he could proceed unhindered

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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
Unhindered by facts, some theorist is bound to have come up with a model that explains even the strangest discovery.
The authorities never even considered allowing the financial crisis to continue unhindered.
Whoever finally won the auction would then have to allow phones supplied by others to work unhindered on its network.
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