encumbrance encumbrance


  1. (n) a charge against property (as a lien or mortgage)
  2. (n) an onerous or difficult concern
  3. (n) any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome


  1. He just saw them as superfluous, an encumbrance.
  2. In February 1932 he jettisoned the League of Nations as a party encumbrance.
  3. With such dynamic energy does Miss Moore zoom through three acts of vaudeville farce that the entire encumbrance is drawn in by the suction and swept along to success.



  1. "It's not an easy thing to do," said Cink, who won at Turnberry when the final-day leader, Tom Watson, missed a par putt at 18. "Once you've done that, you release yourself from that encumbrance so you feel a little bit more freed up to go...
    on Jun 19, 2010 By: Stewart Cink Source: New York Times

  2. "In a time of economic hardship, it's become an encumbrance that New York companies can't endure," said Paterson, then making reference to the Dec. 8 legislation he signed to ensure that taxes were being collected on cigarettes sold at tribal...
    on Feb 12, 2009 By: David Paterson Source: Oneida Dispatch

  3. "Yesterday was a day for saying sorry without encumbrance, without condition and Brendan and his colleagues failed to be able to do that," senator Brown said.
    on Feb 14, 2008 By: Bob Brown Source: Courier Mail

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