hindrance

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From Middle English hinderance, hinderaunce, hindraunce, hynderaunce, hynderawnce, hynderawns, hyndrance; equivalent to hinder +‎ -ance.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈhɪndɹəns/
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hindrance (plural hindrances)

  1. Something which hinders: something that holds back or causes problems with something else.
    High-heeled shoes may be fashionable, but they can also be a hindrance to walking.
    • 1944 January and February, C. F. Cobon, “The County of London Plan”, in Railway Magazine, page 24:
      The L.C.C. [London County Council] considers viaducts in London objectionable and a hindrance to town planning and would like to abolish all the Southern Railway lines on viaducts in South London. [Nothing much happened, they still exist.]
  2. The state or act of hindering something
    Your hindrance of this process will not be tolerated.

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