hindrance Definition

a thing that provides resistance, delay, or obstruction to something or someone.

Using hindrance: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "hindrance" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The bad weather was a hindrance to our travel plans.

  • Example

    The lack of funding has been a hindrance to the project's progress.

  • Example

    Her shyness was a hindrance to her social life.

hindrance Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for hindrance

Idioms Using hindrance

  • something that seems bad or unlucky at first, but results in something good happening later


    Losing his job turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as it gave him the opportunity to start his own business.

  • a small problem or issue that spoils an otherwise positive situation


    The only fly in the ointment was the long wait for our food to arrive.

  • an unexpected problem or obstacle that causes a delay or disruption


    The power outage threw a monkey wrench in the works of our presentation.

Phrases with hindrance

  • put a hindrance in someone's way

    to create an obstacle or difficulty for someone


    He put a hindrance in my way by not providing me with the necessary information.

  • be a hindrance to someone/something

    to cause difficulty or delay for someone or something


    The heavy traffic was a hindrance to our arrival at the airport on time.

  • to successfully deal with an obstacle or difficulty


    She was able to overcome the hindrance of her disability and achieve her goals.

Origins of hindrance

from Old English 'hindrian', meaning 'to hold back'


Summary: hindrance in Brief

'Hindrance' [ˈhɪndrəns] refers to anything that obstructs, delays, or resists progress. It can be a physical barrier, like bad weather, or a personal trait, like shyness. Phrases like 'put a hindrance in someone's way' and 'overcome a hindrance' illustrate how it affects people. Idioms like 'a blessing in disguise' and 'a fly in the ointment' show how it can change the outcome of a situation.