- The definition of a hindrance is an obstacle or something that inhibits or delays some desired action.
An example of a hindrance is a road block preventing you from getting where you need to go.
hindrance definition by Webster's New World
- the act of hindering
- any person or thing that hinders; obstacle; impediment; obstruction
Origin: Middle English hinderaunce
hindrance definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The act of hindering.b. The condition of being hindered.
- One that hinders; an impediment. See Synonyms at obstacle.
Origin: Middle English hindraunce, harm, from hindren, to hinder; see hinder 1.