hindrance


hindrance
hin|drance [ˈhındrəns] n
1.)
something or someone that makes it difficult for you to do something
hindrance to
The floods have been a major hindrance to relief efforts.
A degree is more of a hindrance than a help in British industry.
2.) [U] formal
the act of making it difficult for someone to do something
Visitors are allowed to wander without hindrance.
without let or hindrance atlet2 (2)

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  • hindrance — mid 15c., a hybrid from hindren, from same root as HINDER (Cf. hinder) (v.), on model of French derived in ANCE (Cf. ance) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • hindrance — ► NOUN ▪ a thing that hinders …   English terms dictionary

  • hindrance — [hin′drəns] n. [ME hinderaunce] 1. the act of hindering 2. any person or thing that hinders; obstacle; impediment; obstruction SYN. OBSTACLE …   English World dictionary

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  • hindrance — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Something that obstructs Nouns 1. hindrance, obstruction, stoppage; interruption, interception, impedition; retardment, retardation; embarrassment, coarctation, stricture, restriction, restraint,… …   English dictionary for students

  • Hindrance — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Hindrance >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 prevention prevention preclusion obstruction stoppage Sgm: N 1 embolus embolus Sgm: N 1 interruption interruption interception interclusion| Sgm: N 1 hindrance …   English dictionary for students

  • hindrance — [[t]hɪ̱ndrəns[/t]] hindrances 1) N COUNT: oft N to n A hindrance is a person or thing that makes it more difficult for you to do something. The higher rates have been a hindrance to economic recovery... You would be more of a hindrance than a… …   English dictionary