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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.
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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
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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]
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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
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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
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Translations

encumbrance

[ɪnˈkʌmbrəns] Nestorbo m (Fin, Jur) → carga f, gravamen m
without encumbrance (frm) → sin familia
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

encumbrance

[ɪnˈkʌmbrəns] n (= burden) → fardeau m
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

encumbrance

[ɪnˈkʌmbrns] npeso
to be an encumbrance to sb → essere di peso or di impaccio a qn
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in periodicals archive ?
KEMPSON: I still have words with tactile associations, like "celery" or "encumberance," which reminds me of cucumbers.
There have been some Consultations held already about the carrying on of the War; the Counsels seem to incline to lessen the numbers of those that are to be sent into the Field; so numerous an Army as the last being found rather an encumberance than fitted for use: And in stead of entering deep into the Enemies Countrey at first, it is now thought more adviseable to proceed gradually, and by divided Bodies, to clear the Boristhenes and Tanais of what Turkish Garisons are on either side of those Rivers; and by that means reduce the Tartars within a narrower compass.
In my own case this is a double satisfaction, for if freedom were denied me by force of earthly circumstance, I am the same as dead and would infinitely prefer to go into fascism without my head than with it, having no use for it any more and not wishing to be saddled with so heavy an encumberance.