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.
- Also in·cum·brance [in-kuhm-bruhns] /ɪnˈkʌm brəns/ .
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How to use encumbrance in a sentence
So I would say it’s potentially a significant encumbrance to doing business.'Like Shooting a Moving Target.' This Company Is Trying to Withdraw from Russia. It's Getting Complicated | Belinda Luscombe | June 1, 2022 | Time
Often, those restrictions will more heavily constrain Democratic voters for whom added bureaucracy is a more challenging encumbrance.
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He points to the hassles of regulatory compliance and warding off hacks as an unnecessary encumbrance on businesses.Very Good Security raises $60 million to make data force fields for DoorDash, Brex | rhhackettfortune | December 21, 2020 | Fortune
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Dangerfield was no longer conscious of anything but an angry determination to revolt, to be free of all encumbrance.The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
The cargo of the sloop hoisted on to the deck by the capstan, compact as he had made it, was an encumbrance.Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
So desperate had been the charge that our little craft was now actually a serious encumbrance to the monster.The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont | Louis de Rougemont
An' sell Bruno; he's a vicious brute—nothin' but an encumbrance.Two Little Travellers | Frances Browne Arthur
They set to work together to remove the irons, and his legs were at length freed from this encumbrance at about five oclock.The Chronicles of Crime or The New Newgate Calendar. v. 1/2 | Camden Pelham
British Dictionary definitions for encumbrance
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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