1. something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

Similar word(s): balk, baulk, check, deterrent, handicap, hindrance, impediment

Definition categories: thought, difficulty

2. any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome

Similar word(s): encumbrance, hindrance, hitch, incumbrance, interference, preventative, preventive

Definition categories: man–made, impediment, impedimenta, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor

3. the act of hindering or obstructing or impeding

Similar word(s): hindrance, interference

Definition categories: act, deed