hindrance

A hindrance is something in the way, an obstacle. An untied shoelace is a hindrance to walking, and tripping in the lunchroom might be a hindrance to getting a seat at the cool table.

You might hear the phrase, "more of a hindrance than a help." It means that something intended to be a positive force has the opposite effect, like when your four-year-old sister tries to help you make dinner. Hindrance refers to the act of slowing things down, or the thing that's causing the problem, like your "helpful" little sister. It's the noun form of the verb hinder, which is "to get in the way."

Definitions of hindrance
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n any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome

Synonyms:
encumbrance, hinderance, hitch, incumbrance, interference, preventative, preventive
Types:
clog
any object that acts as a hindrance or obstruction
speed bump
a hindrance to speeding created by a crosswise ridge in the surface of a roadway
Type of:
impediment, impedimenta, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor
any structure that makes progress difficult

n something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

Synonyms:
balk, baulk, check, deterrent, handicap, hinderance, impediment
Types:
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albatross, millstone
(figurative) something that hinders or handicaps
bind
something that hinders as if with bonds
diriment impediment
(canon law) an impediment that invalidates a marriage (such as the existence of a prior marriage)
drag
something that slows or delays progress
obstacle, obstruction
something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted
straitjacket
anything immaterial that severely hinders or confines
barrier, roadblock
any condition that makes it difficult to make progress or to achieve an objective
hang-up, hitch, rub, snag
an unforeseen obstacle
hurdle
an obstacle that you are expected to overcome
stymie, stymy
a thwarting and distressing situation
Type of:
difficulty
a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result

n the act of hindering or obstructing or impeding

Synonyms:
hinderance, interference
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foiling, frustration, thwarting
an act of hindering someone's plans or efforts
antagonism
(biochemistry) interference in or inhibition of the physiological action of a chemical substance by another having a similar structure
obstruction
the act of obstructing
complication
the act or process of complicating
deterrence
the act or process of discouraging actions or preventing occurrences by instilling fear or doubt or anxiety
bar, prevention
the act of preventing
blockage, closure, occlusion
the act of blocking
stall, stalling
a tactic used to mislead or delay
discouragement
the act of discouraging
nuclear deterrence
the military doctrine that an enemy will be deterred from using nuclear weapons as long as he can be destroyed as a consequence
averting
the act of preventing something from occurring
debarment
the act of prevention by legal means
disqualification
the act of preventing someone from participating by finding them unqualified
interception
the act of intercepting; preventing something from proceeding or arriving
non-proliferation, nonproliferation
the prevention of something increasing or spreading (especially the prevention of an increase in the number of countries possessing nuclear weapons)
forestalling, obviation, preclusion
the act of preventing something by anticipating and disposing of it effectively
prophylaxis
the prevention of disease
save
(sports) the act of preventing the opposition from scoring
crushing, quelling, stifling, suppression
forceful prevention; putting down by power or authority
obstruction of justice
impeding those who seek justice in a court (as by trying to influence or intimidate any juror or witness or officer of the court); can result in a finding of contempt of court
Type of:
act, deed, human action, human activity
something that people do or cause to happen

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