Examples from the Web for 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|Lizzie Crocker|April 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For once, however, the lance meant more than five pounds dead weight and an encumbrance to the rider.The Great Boer War|Arthur Conan Doyle
A boy or girl is never considered an encumbrance and is readily even eagerly adopted if his own parents die.The New North|Agnes Deans Cameron
She bartered her child away as she would have parted with any other encumbrance likely to interfere with her career.The Millionaire Baby|Anna Katharine Green
British Dictionary definitions for encumbrance
Word Origin and History for encumbrance
early 14c., from Old French encombrance, from encombrer (see encumber).