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hindrance (noun) obstacle; obstruction.

A lack of funds is a hindrance to progress; that is, a lack of funds makes progress difficult, and sometimes impossible. Your laziness is a hindrance to success, that is, your laziness makes your success difficult to achieve. His being a foreigner is a hindrance to his being elected. This means that his election is made difficult because he is a foreigner.

  • Ami's poverty proved a hindrance to her education. She had to give up her studies and seek a job for a living and to support her sisters.
  • Jeffrey's non-cooperation proved a serious hindrance to the firm's progress. Whatever proposal the others make he would oppose and that stalls any decision for the company's good.
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