V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. something that hinders or impedes, such as an obstacle or encumbrance; 2. the act of hindering someone or something
Synonyms: obstacle, impediment, encumbrance, difficulty, restriction
Antonyms: help, aid, assistance
Tips: Hindrance is related to the verb hinder (to impede, slow down). Hindrance is synonymous with impediment and encumbrance. All words have a definition denoting an obstacle. Hindrance should be used if there is some type of obstacle that is preventing you from progressing; impediment can be used this way as well, but usually refers to an impairment; encumbrance should be used to describe any obstacle that is weighing you down and preventing you from progressing.
His determination to do calculations by hand is a hindrance to him in this age of computer technology. (impediment)
Stage fright was an obvious hindrance to his acting career. (obstacle)
It was interesting to learn that most people with disabilities don't find them to be a hindrance. (impediment, obstacle)
Having an inept team member can be a hindrance to a successful product launch. (obstacle, encumbrance)
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