encumbrance

[ en-kuhm-bruh ns ]
/ ɛnˈkʌm brəns /

noun

something that encumbers; something burdensome, useless, or superfluous; burden; hindrance: Poverty was a lifelong encumbrance.
a dependent person, especially a child.
Law. a burden or claim on property, as a mortgage.

Origin of encumbrance

1275–1325; Middle English encombraunce < Middle French encumbrance. See encumber, -ance
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encumbrance

incumbrance

/ (ɪnˈkʌmbrəns) /

noun

a thing that impedes or is burdensome; hindrance
law a burden or charge upon property, such as a mortgage or lien
rare a dependent person, esp a child
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Word Origin and History for encumbrance

encumbrance


n.

early 14c., from Old French encombrance, from encombrer (see encumber).

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