AskDefine | Define hindrance

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1 something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress [syn: deterrent, impediment, balk, baulk, check, handicap]
2 any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome [syn: hitch, preventive, preventative, encumbrance, incumbrance, interference]
3 the act of hindering or obstructing or impeding [syn: interference]

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  1. Something which hinders; something which obstructs, holds back or causes problems.
    High-heeled shoes may be fashionable, but they can also be a hindrance to walking.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

afterthought, arrest, arrestation, barrier, bind, block, blockage, bureaucratic delay, check, clog, constraint, control, cooling, cooling down, cooling off, cumbrance, curb, curtailment, deceleration, delay, delayage, delayed reaction, detention, deterrent, double take, dragging, drawback, encumbrance, halt, hang-up, hitch, holdup, impedance, impediment, inhibition, injunction, interdict, interim, jam, lag, lagging, legal restraint, limitation, logjam, monopoly, moratorium, obstacle, obstruction, paperasserie, pause, prevention, prohibition, protection, protectionism, protective tariff, rationing, red tape, red-tapeism, red-tapery, rein, reprieve, respite, restraint, restraint of trade, retardance, retardation, retrenchment, self-control, slow-up, slowdown, slowing down, slowness, snag, stay, stay of execution, stop, stoppage, suspension, tariff wall, thought control, tie-up, time lag, wait
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