- 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
Related Words for encumbranceload, duty, albatross, weight, saddle, handicap, cross, obstruction, guilt, impediment, responsibility, hindrance, millstone, debt, worry
Examples from the Web for encumbrance
Contemporary Examples of encumbrance
In LA, Don is an outsider; a Madison Avenue interloper; an encumbrance.What's Happened to Don Draper? Why Everyone’s Favorite ‘Mad Men’ Stud Needs His Mojo Back
April 16, 2014
Historical Examples of encumbrance
To Mrs. Beaufort a rival, to Mr. Beaufort an encumbrance on the property.Night and Morning, Complete
The line between an encumbrance and a purpose is not very clearly defined, is it?Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
The safest plan is to ascend them without too heavy an encumbrance of theories.Mountain Meditations
I will take upon myself the convincing of the encumbrance to that effect.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
They are often an embarrassment and an encumbrance to it rather than a help.English Past and Present
Richard Chevenix Trench
- 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
early 14c., from Old French encombrance, from encombrer (see encumber).