• WordNet 3.6
    • n hindrance the act of hindering or obstructing or impeding
    • n hindrance any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
    • n hindrance something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hindrance That which hinders; an impediment. "What various hindrances we meet.""Something between a hindrance and a help."
    • Hindrance The act of hindering, or the state of being hindered.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hindrance That which hinders or stops progression or advance; impediment; obstruction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Hindrance act of hindering: that which hinders: obstacle
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  • John R. Mott
    John R. Mott
    “The greatest hindrances to the evangelization of the world are those within the church.”
  • John Stuart Mill
    “The despotism of custom is everywhere the standing hindrance to human advancement.”
  • Plato
    “Attention to health is life greatest hindrance.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.”
  • Ernest Hello
    Ernest Hello
    “The man who gives up accomplishes nothing and is only a hindrance. The man who does not give up can move mountains.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Hinder (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hindrian; Ger. hindern.


In literature:

This is the reason, my friends; and this hindrance, at least, I know.
"Sermons for the Times" by Charles Kingsley
In time of peace it may be entered without hindrance, and the Turks allow the curious to walk about and survey all the posts.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
The turnpike gates were a great hindrance, and greatly increased the risk of apprehension.
"A Visit To The United States In 1841" by Joseph Sturge
I fear much that Prince Rupert, with all his bravery, is a hindrance rather than an aid to the Royal cause.
"Friends, though divided" by G. A. Henty
Criminal prosecution against forcible hindrance or rescue of fugitives.
"Abraham Lincoln, A History, Volume 2" by John George Nicolay and John Hay
I know that I am a sore hindrance to business at such an hour as this.
"Fenton's Quest" by M. E. Braddon
Probably the expense was the real hindrance.
"The Story Of Ireland" by Emily Lawless
Hotly did Verronax chafe at each hindrance.
"More Bywords" by Charlotte M. Yonge
In any case it proved no hindrance to the very affectionate demonstrations which now took place.
"North, South and Over the Sea" by M.E. Francis (Mrs. Francis Blundell)
But I cheered him over this hindrance, and the last part of that evening round the camp-fire was very pleasant.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey

In poetry:

FLORUS. This I also say, and ask thee,
With thy people, that thou quittest,
Leaving us to end our quarrel
Without any help or hindrance.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
So that on man, and man's laborious hand,
Nor manacle nor hindrance shall be laid,
But mind with mind, and strand with generous strand,
Contend and trade.
"A Royal Home-Coming" by Alfred Austin
Through thousands of unheard-of fancies,
Through times and countries, climb and fall,
Through helps and hindrances it races
Relentless, too, towards a goal;
"The Road" by Boris Pasternak
Pluck from its roots the quiv'ring tongue of man,
Cut off his feet, or chain them — from his heart
He ne'ertheless, spite of all hindrance, can
His fervent pray'rs to his Creator, dart.
"Concerning Prayer, And Its Proper Requisites" by Rees Prichard
Or toiling in the town,
Armed against hindrance, weariness, defeat,
With dauntless purpose not to serve or yield,
And calm, defiant, they struggle on,
As sturdy and as valiant in the street,
As in the camp and field.
"Heroes" by Emma Lazarus
When thy soul with the minions of darkness must fight,
The Great King lend thee weapons and armour of light.
No hindrance are they,—like the harness of Saul
To the boy from the folds.—May’st thou bear them through all!
"At the Fords Of Jordan" by Mary Hannay Foott

In news:

Tony Robbins, life coach and host of Breakthrough with Tony Robbins, believes in living a life in which fear can be a help, not a hindrance.
Multiple roles more help than hindrance , say agency CAOs.
At alumni weekends, age is no longer a hindrance .
Hindrance ruling creates ruckus in tennis.
Height a hindrance for Patriots' Freeman.
Bush's Isolation From Reporters Could Be a Hindrance .
Many interested in career switch, but low salary a hindrance, reports show.
It succeeds to a degree but the effect starts to become rather more of a hindrance rather than an involving storytelling technique.
In the work of self-improvement, hindrances--and a perceived lack of progress--often results in self doubt.
Pray for the Lord to help him overcome this hindrance in his life, mend her hurt and bring them back together.
America's ports are its economic lifeline to the rest of the world, and are in danger of becoming a hindrance to our nation's success.
One of the hindrances to resistance management is economics.
The major hindrance has always been the mighty dollar.
As with other areas of life, so with spelling the question is when does nonstop, know-it-all coaching from the sidelines become more of a hindrance than a help.
Superfund stigma often a hindrance for development.

In science:

This model is also able to explain fusion hindrance. G.
Fusion11 Conference Summary
Boilley showed that the neck fomation is a key ingredient and that the appearance of fusion hindrance sets some constraints on the fusion barriers.
Fusion11 Conference Summary
However the numerical difficulty to follow a long-term postbounce evolution in 3D is the main hindrance at present.
Multiple physical elements to determine the gravitational-wave signatures of core-collapse supernovae
This process, when carried out by a single RNAP without hindrance or obstruction from any other RNAP, is similar to that studied earlier by Voliotis et al. by a slightly different set of mathematical steps.
Template-directed biopolymerization: tape-copying Turing machines
However the limitation comes mostly from hindrances in numerical techniques.
Reaction-Diffusion Processes Described by Three-State Quantum Chains and Integrability