encumbrance

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English encombraunce, from Old French encombrance, from encombrer.

NounEdit

encumbrance (countable and uncountable, plural encumbrances)

  1. Something that encumbers; a burden that must be carried.
  2. (law) An interest, right, burden, or liability attached to a title of land, such as a lien or mortgage.
  3. (law) One who is dependent on another.
    a widow without encumbrances, i.e. without children

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