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encumbrance

[en-kuhm-bruh ns] /ɛnˈkʌm brəns/
noun
1.
something that encumbers; something burdensome, useless, or superfluous; burden; hindrance:
Poverty was a lifelong encumbrance.
2.
a dependent person, especially a child.
3.
Law. a burden or claim on property, as a mortgage.
Also, incumbrance.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English encombraunce < Middle French encumbrance. See encumber, -ance
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encumbrance

/ɪnˈkʌmbrəns/
noun
1.
a thing that impedes or is burdensome; hindrance
2.
(law) a burden or charge upon property, such as a mortgage or lien
3.
(rare) a dependent person, esp a child
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Contemporary definitions for encumbrance
noun

a lien, mortgage, or other financial claim against a property

Word Origin

Old French en- + combre 'dam, weir'

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Word Origin and History for encumbrance
n.

early 14c., from Old French encombrance, from encombrer (see encumber).

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