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 ?
It is true, the encumbrances sometimes outweigh the value of the farm, so that the farm itself becomes one great encumbrance, and still a man is found to inherit it, being well acquainted with it, as he says.
When I descended thence--having divested myself of all travelling encumbrances, and arranged my toilet with due consideration for the feelings of my lady hostess, she conducted me herself to the room I was to occupy when I chose to be alone, or when she was engaged with visitors, or obliged to be with her mother-in-law, or otherwise prevented, as she said, from enjoying the pleasure of my society.
Freed of these encumbrances, he went on to divest himself of his other clothing, which he folded up, piece by piece, and ranged in order on the trunk.
He failed to see any advantage in carrying about such a useless encumbrance.
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.
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.
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.
Besides, do you know what is our situation, and whether Mazarin's arrest wouldn't be rather an encumbrance than an advantage?
He was arriving like a ghost, and the sound of his own footsteps was almost an encumbrance to be got rid of.
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She had not been able to conceal from herself that he was a terrible encumbrance, that poor Stevie.
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.