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[uhn-en-kuhm-berd] /ˌʌn ɛnˈkʌm bərd/
not impeded, slowed down, or retarded; free to move, advance, or go forward.
having few or no burdens or obligations.
not burdened or weighed down, as with bulky or heavy objects.
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unencumbering, adjective Unabridged
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  • Twenty-five thousand francs a year, unencumbered, and expectations from her uncle!

  • I want you to use your wits in your own way, unhampered, unencumbered.

    Skinner's Dress Suit Henry Irving Dodge
  • My letter was as short as I could possibly make it, and was, I hope, unencumbered by needless apologies and needless details.

    The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
  • Couldn't you perhaps take her, independent, unencumbered as you are?

    Embarrassments Henry James
  • The rope slipped, and both, unencumbered, reached the top and disappeared.

    The Virginian Owen Wister
British Dictionary definitions for unencumbered


not burdened, impeded, or hampered
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unencumbered

1722, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of encumber.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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