from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that encumbers; a burden or impediment.
- n. Law A lien or claim on property.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something that encumbers; a burden that must be carried.
- n. an interest, right, burden, or liability attached to a title of land, such as a lien or mortgage.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That which encumbers; a burden which impedes action, or renders it difficult and laborious; a clog; an impediment. See incumbrance.
- n. Same as Incumbrance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of encumbering, or the state of being encumbered.
- n. That which encumbers, burdens, or clogs; anything that impedes action, or renders it difficult and laborious; an obstruction or impediment; an embarrassment.
- n. Specifically In law, a charge or servitude affecting property, which diminishes the value of ownership, or may impair its enjoyment, so as to constitute a qualification or diminution of the rights of ownership.
- n. A family charge or care; especially, a child or a family of children: as, a widow without encumbrance or encumbrances.
- n. Synonyms Burden, check, hindrance, drag, weight, dead weight.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
- n. a charge against property (as a lien or mortgage)
- n. an onerous or difficult concern
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