hindrance vs interference what difference

what is difference between hindrance and interference


Alternative forms

  • hinderance (archaic)
  • hindraunce (obsolete)


From hinder +‎ -ance


hindrance (plural hindrances)

  1. Something which hinders: something that holds back or causes problems with something else.
    High-heeled shoes may be fashionable, but they can also be a hindrance to walking.
  2. The state or act of hindering something
    Your hindrance of this process will not be tolerated.


  • See also Thesaurus:hindrance



  • N-cadherin



From interfere +‎ -ence. The sense in physics was likely introduced by Thomas Young, which he used as early as 1802 in a paper in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.


  • IPA(key): /ˌɪntəɹˈfiɹɨns/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌɪntəˈfiɹəns/


interference (countable and uncountable, plural interferences)

  1. The act of interfering with something, or something that interferes.
  2. (sports) The illegal obstruction of an opponent in some ball games.
    They were glued to the TV, as the referee called out a fifteen yard penalty for interference.
  3. (physics) An effect caused by the superposition of two systems of waves.
  4. A distortion on a broadcast signal due to atmospheric or other effects.
    They wanted to watch the game on TV, but there was too much interference to even make out the score on the tiny screen.
  5. (US, law) In United States patent law, an inter partes proceeding to determine the priority issues of multiple patent applications; a priority contest.
  6. (chess) The interruption of the line between an attacked piece and its defender by sacrificially interposing a piece.
  7. (linguistics) The situation where a person who knows two languages inappropriately transfers lexical items or structures from one to the other.


  • noninterference

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