encumber encumber  /ɛn ˈkəm bər/


  • (v) hold back



  1. Verbalized ideas only encumber these primal parables.
  2. The first thing to do when we ask ourselves that question is to eliminate all the illusions that encumber our perception of Europe.
  3. Result: many constitutional provisions remain uninterpreted, and old Fascist laws continue to encumber the administration of Italian justice.


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  1. "I know the judge doesn't want the bankruptcy to encumber us anymore than it absolutely has to, so I think he's quite aware of what goes on in baseball," Ryan said. "So I think he's going to try and do what he can to make sure that we're not...
    on Jun 23, 2010 By: Nolan Ryan Source: The Associated Press

  2. "Congress can only fund us one year at a time," Schoomaker said Tuesday. "They can encumber us forever. We are very reluctant to be encumbered by more than is necessary."
    on Jun 17, 2004 By: Peter Schoomaker Source: USA Today

  3. King told the Los Angeles Times in 1995 that he kept informed by reading newspapers, adding that "tons of research would encumber me."
    on Jun 29, 2010 By: Larry King Source: Chicago Tribune

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