encumbrance

encumbrance

[en-kuhm-bruhns]
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.


Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English encombraunce < Middle French encumbrance. See encumber, -ance

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encumbrance or incumbrance (ɪnˈkʌmbrəns)
 
n
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
 
incumbrance or incumbrance
 
n

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Main Entry:  encumbrance1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a state of being encumbered; an onerous situation
Etymology:  Old French en- + combre 'dam, weir'
Main Entry:  encumbrance2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a burden, impediment
Etymology:  Old French en- + combre 'dam, weir'
Main Entry:  encumbrance3
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a lien, mortgage, or other financial claim against a property
Etymology:  Old French en- + combre 'dam, weir'
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encumbrance
early 14c., from O.Fr. encombrance, from encombrer (see encumber).
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