encumbrance


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en·cum·brance

 (ĕn-kŭm′brəns)
n.
1. One that encumbers; a burden or impediment.
2. A lien or claim on property that diminishes its value or affects transfer of ownership but does not prevent such transfer.

encumbrance

(ɪnˈkʌmbrəns) or

incumbrance

n
1. a thing that impedes or is burdensome; hindrance
2. (Law) law a burden or charge upon property, such as a mortgage or lien
3. rare a dependent person, esp a child

en•cum•brance

(ɛnˈkʌm brəns)

n.
1. something that encumbers; a burden or hindrance.
2. a child or other dependent.
3. Law. a claim on property, as a mortgage.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.encumbrance - an onerous or difficult concernencumbrance - an onerous or difficult concern; "the burden of responsibility"; "that's a load off my mind"
headache, worry, vexation, concern - something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness; "New York traffic is a constant concern"; "it's a major worry"
dead weight - an oppressive encumbrance
fardel - a burden (figuratively in the form of a bundle)
imposition - an uncalled-for burden; "he listened but resented the imposition"
pill - something unpleasant or offensive that must be tolerated or endured; "his competitor's success was a bitter pill to take"
2.encumbrance - a charge against property (as a lien or mortgage)
charge - financial liabilities (such as a tax); "the charges against the estate"
3.encumbrance - any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
clog - any object that acts as a hindrance or obstruction
impedimenta, obstruction, obstructor, obstructer, impediment - any structure that makes progress difficult
speed bump - a hindrance to speeding created by a crosswise ridge in the surface of a roadway

encumbrance

noun
1. burden, weight, difficulty, load, drag, liability, obstacle, embarrassment, obstruction, albatross, millstone She considered the past an irrelevant encumbrance.
2. hindrance, handicap, restraint, inconvenience, impediment the encumbrance of an ankle-length dress
Translations

encumbrance

[ɪnˈkʌmbrəns] Nestorbo m (Fin, Jur) → carga f, gravamen m
without encumbrance (frm) → sin familia

encumbrance

[ɪnˈkʌmbrəns] n (= burden) → fardeau m

encumbrance

n (also Jur) → Belastung f; (person) → Last f; to be an encumbrance to somebody (luggage)jdn behindern; (person)eine Last für jdn sein; (dependent, responsibility)eine Belastung für jdn sein

encumbrance

[ɪnˈkʌmbrns] npeso
to be an encumbrance to sb → essere di peso or di impaccio a qn
References in classic literature ?
The quadroon nurse was looked upon as a huge encumbrance, only good to button up waists and panties and to brush and part hair; since it seemed to be a law of society that hair must be parted and brushed.
It was sorrowful to think how many days, and weeks, and months, and years of toil had been wasted on these musty papers, which were now only an encumbrance on earth, and were hidden away in this forgotten corner, never more to be glanced at by human eyes.
He said he would let Harris go for two francs; and that unless we were unusually timid, he should consider guides and porters unnecessary; it was not customary to take them, when going by telescope, for they were rather an encumbrance than a help.
I hope I am aware that they may be too noisy for your father or even may be some encumbrance to you, if your visiting engagements continue to increase as much as they have done lately.
The carriage stopped, as I had expected, at the hotel door; my flame(that is the very word for an opera inamorata) alighted: though muffed in a cloak--an unnecessary encumbrance, by-the-bye, on so warm a June evening--I knew her instantly by her little foot, seen peeping from the skirt of her dress, as she skipped from the carriage-step.
Their very names are an encumbrance to a Norman knight's mouth, and have, as it were, a flavour of bacon Give me a stoup of wine, as jolly Prince John said, that I may wash away the relish place it in the armoury, and thither lead the prisoners.
That, however, both their majesties would soon be made easy; for I had found a prodigious vessel on the shore, able to carry me on the sea, which he had given orders to fit up, with my own assistance and direction; and he hoped, in a few weeks, both empires would be freed from so insupportable an encumbrance.
Well, my dear father, in the shipwreck of life -- for life is an eternal shipwreck of our hopes -- I cast into the sea my useless encumbrance, that is all, and I remain with my own will, disposed to live perfectly alone, and consequently perfectly free.
Here was knowledge in which no one could partake; and she was sensible that nothing less than a perfect understanding between the parties could justify her in throwing off this last encumbrance of mystery.
Besides, do you know what is our situation, and whether Mazarin's arrest wouldn't be rather an encumbrance than an advantage?
Thus lightened of all superfluous encumbrance, he set off on the 20th of November to rejoin his Indian allies.
I had regarded his presence as an encumbrance to the expedition, but, as a matter of fact, I am now well convinced that his power of endurance is as great as my own.