Definition of hindrance in US English:



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

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