Definition of hindrance in English:



  • A thing that provides resistance, delay, or obstruction to something or someone.

    ‘a hindrance to the development process’
    [mass noun] ‘the visitor can wander around without hindrance’
    • ‘Perversely, his ability to play in a few positions is a hindrance, and the difficulty for Eriksson is where to play him.’
    • ‘Illinois also wrote into law all kinds of hindrances to the casino operator in order to create ‘limited gambling.’’
    • ‘It was also clear the greatest hindrance was the state not providing the funds for reform and empowerment.’
    • ‘Solomon also looks at some of our own hindrances in the suffering process - such as confusion, anger, depression, and self-deception.’
    • ‘With his speed he should be a factor for a top ten finish at Mid Ohio but he admits the greater restrictor will be a hindrance.’
    • ‘Seasonality, water depths and the cost of drilling are all hindrances but the biggest deterrent has undoubtedly been the lack of finds.’
    • ‘Many of the levels feature ramps and moving floors that provide a bit of a hindrance as well.’
    • ‘The stall follows the completion of a two-year road planning study which recommends a coastal road alignment but warns of several hindrances.’
    • ‘The ultimate objective is the elimination of obstacles and hindrances to competition.’
    • ‘The nation state with all its attendant laws, regulations and barriers is now viewed as a hindrance.’
    • ‘It should be stressed that these hindrances are not permanent, but they do constitute a barrier to entry.’
    • ‘Due to weather hindrances, cruises to Alaska are strictly restricted during the summer months from early May to Mid Sept.’
    • ‘It is a hindrance to sleep at night as movement is very restricted due to stiffness.’
    • ‘Lack of experience leads to doubt which forms one of the five hindrances.’
    • ‘The idea behind the hindrance is to prevent a fast ranking to occur on a new website.’
    • ‘At times, natural shapes can be a hindrance and so they try to liberate colour from this limitation.’
    • ‘However, it takes more than endurance for a British guitar band to survive 15 years, eight studio albums and many infamous hindrances.’
    • ‘However, it doesn't add to the delays and hindrances as you seem to fear.’
    • ‘Only when they play with the hindrance of a handicap, as they did when Hearts were two up in Glasgow a fortnight back, is there any fun in it.’
    • ‘However, due to hindrances in the conditions imposed by former owners, many practices, which would have led to self-sufficiency, were impeded.’
    impediment, obstacle, barrier, bar, obstruction, handicap, block, check, curb, brake, hurdle, restraint, restriction, limitation, encumbrance, deterrent, complication, delay, interruption, stoppage
    drawback, setback, difficulty, inconvenience, snag, catch, hitch, stumbling block
    fly in the ointment, hiccup, facer
    spanner in the works
    monkey wrench in the works
    trammel, cumber
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