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Saturday, January 14, 2006

Definitions for encumbrance

  1. A burden, impediment, or hindrance.
  2. A lien, mortgage, or other financial claim against a property.

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Citations for encumbrance
As Prince of Wales, George V had himself taken his wife on several foreign or imperial tours, without the encumbrance of their young children. Ben Pimlott, The Queen: A Biography of Elizabeth II
He . . . will have to overcome the encumbrance of space gloves to reattach electrical cables and install a hatch. , New York Times
Origin of encumbrance
Encumbrance is from Old French encombrance, from encombrer, "to block up," from en-, "in" (here used intensively) + combre, "dam, weir, hence hindrance."
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