hindrance hindrance  /ˈhɪnd rəns/


  1. (n) something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
  2. (n) any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
  3. (n) the act of hindering or obstructing or impeding


  1. His family quietly sympathized with blacks' efforts to eat at regular lunch counters, attend integrated schools and vote without hindrance.
  2. Instant information may be revolutionizing the way we work, but for many the sheer volume of messages has become more of a hindrance than a help.
  3. Here his biblical expertise is a help and a hindrance, since his conceit is to examine only explanations of suffering that appear in Scripture.


  1. Iowa expecting a 'bumper crop' of mosquitoes

    All that water in Iowa isn't just a hindrance for law enforcement, it could lead to health issues as well. An Iowa state entomologist says floodwater could contribute to a bumper crop of mosquitoes over the next few weeks.
    on June 8, 2013     Source: KSFY Sioux Falls

  2. Label me: State becomes first in nation to pass GMO labeling law

    Mysteries might be appealing to those seeking entertainment, but for those who want to know what’s in their food, uncertainties are a hindrance that should be avoided.
    on June 7, 2013     Source: The Darien Times


  1. "They're just trying to take safety measures," Bowa said. "I prefer to wear an insert. With an ear flap, I would definitely think it would be a hindrance, it would get in the way."
    on Nov 8, 2007 By: Larry Bowa Source: Forbes

  2. "Confusing, overloaded or misleading labels can be more of a hindrance than a help to the consumer," said Kyprianou.
    on Jan 30, 2008 By: Markos Kyprianou Source: San Diego Union Tribune

  3. "MySpace will be the one and only platform that provides an opportunity for Korean users to easily meet friends around the globe, surpassing the hindrance of language and culture," DeWolfe said in a statement.
    on Apr 14, 2008 By: Chris DeWolfe Source: Washington Post

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