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

  • Despite this sort of encumbrance, Jiang says he is confident that the book will find a mainstream Western audience, and believes that foreigners may even "be able to understand the .
  • She attributes the gesture to "that good old-fashioned encumbrance of mine, the desire to please.
  • He just saw them as superfluous, an encumbrance.

  • Stewart Cink in New York Times
    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...
  • David Paterson in Oneida Dispatch
    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...
  • Bob Brown in Courier Mail
    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.

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