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 Dictionary entry overview: What does hindrance mean? 

  The noun HINDRANCE has 3 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: HINDRANCE used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1hindrance [BACK TO TOP]


Something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


hindrance; hinderance; deterrent; impediment; balk; baulk; handicap; check

Hypernyms ("hindrance" is a kind of...):

difficulty (a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "hindrance"):

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)

Sense 2hindrance [BACK TO TOP]


Any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects


preventive; preventative; hindrance; hinderance; incumbrance; encumbrance; interference; hitch

Hypernyms ("hindrance" is a kind of...):

impediment; impedimenta; obstructer; obstruction; obstructor (any structure that makes progress difficult)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "hindrance"):

speed bump (a hindrance to speeding created by a crosswise ridge in the surface of a roadway)

clog (any object that acts as a hindrance or obstruction)

Sense 3hindrance [BACK TO TOP]


The act of hindering or obstructing or impeding

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


interference; hinderance; hindrance

Hypernyms ("hindrance" is a kind of...):

act; human action; human activity (something that people do or cause to happen)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "hindrance"):

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)

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