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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

ENCUM'BRANCE, n. A load; any thing that impedes motion, or renders it difficult and laborious; clog; impediment.
1. Useless addition or load.
Strip from the branching Alps their piny load,
The huge encumbrance of horrific wood.
2. Load or burden on an estate; a legal claim on an estate, for the discharge of which the estate is liable.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: an onerous or difficult concern; "the burden of responsibility"; "that's a load off my mind" [syn: burden, load, encumbrance, incumbrance, onus]
2: a charge against property (as a lien or mortgage) [syn: encumbrance, incumbrance]
3: any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome [syn: hindrance, hinderance, hitch, preventive, preventative, encumbrance, incumbrance, interference]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 1535 1. something that encumbers ; impediment, burden 2. a claim (as a mortgage) against property

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a burden. 2 an impediment. 3 a mortgage or other charge on property. 4 an annoyance. Phrases and idioms: without encumbrance having no children. Etymology: ME f. OF encombrance (as ENCUMBER)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Incumbrance In*cum"brance, n. [See Encumbrance.] [Written also encumbrance.] 1. A burdensome and troublesome load; anything that impedes motion or action, or renders it difficult or laborious; clog; impediment; hindrance; check. --Cowper. 2. (Law) A burden or charge upon property; a claim or lien upon an estate, which may diminish its value.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Encumbrance En*cum"brance, n. [Cf. OF. encombrance. Cf. Incumbrance.] 1. That which encumbers; a burden which impedes action, or renders it difficult and laborious; a clog; an impediment. See Incumbrance. 2. (Law) Same as Incumbrance. Syn: Burden; clog; impediment; check; hindrance.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(encumbrances) An encumbrance is something or someone that encumbers you. (FORMAL) Magdalena considered the past an irrelevant encumbrance. = burden N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. [Written also Incumbrance.] 1. Load, clog, impediment, hindrance, deadweight, drag. 2. Debt, claim, liability.

Moby Thesaurus

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