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[in-kuhm-bruh ns] /ɪnˈkʌm brəns/
noun Unabridged
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  • I got the idea that he looked upon me as an incumbrance, and declared I would go to sea.

  • I also saw that I was an incumbrance in the mind of the elder, too.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • Oh, Mr. Barclay how thankfully would I trust my child in such keeping, but would your means support the incumbrance of a wife.

    A Book For The Young Sarah French
  • Such an incumbrance would have been troublesome to them, travelling, as they were, afoot.

    The Plant Hunters Mayne Reid
  • But even without that incumbrance, he dared not hazard the delay of climbing the palings.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • Their debts are now paid, and their farms free from all incumbrance.

    Select Temperance Tracts American Tract Society
  • He has been left with an incumbrance of forty thousand pounds debt, and annuities to the amount of thirteen hundred pounds a year.

  • The poltroon, like the scabbard, is an incumbrance when once the sword is drawn.

  • At other times, say three weeks of every month, she was merely an incumbrance to him.

    McTeague Frank Norris
  • The incumbrance of their pitying glances was getting his cosmic lizard.

    The Shriek Charles Somerville
Word Origin and History for incumbrance
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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