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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.
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
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]
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|Noun||1.||encumbrance - 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