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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