encumbrance

[ en-kuhm-bruhns ]
/ 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.

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Origin of encumbrance

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English encombraunce, from Middle French encumbrance; see origin at 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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