en·​cum·​brance | \ in-ˈkəm-brən(t)s How to pronounce encumbrance (audio) \

Definition of encumbrance

1 : something that encumbers : impediment, burden
2 : a claim (such as a mortgage) against property

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Examples of encumbrance in a Sentence

without the encumbrance of a heavy backpack, I could sprint along the trail
Recent Examples on the Web Don't like encumbrance rules or somatic requirements to cast spells? Jason Bennett, Arkansas Online, 14 June 2021 While some of his ministers still live in Yemen, Hadi remains holed up in Riyadh, a mostly impotent encumbrance to his backers, his value limited to his (unopposed) election, and the aura of democracy that confers on his government. Nic Robertson, Nada Bashir And Charbel Mallo, CNN, 23 Apr. 2021 Females are accused of Satanic encumbrance, hunted by law enforcement, tormented by reactionary bros, even lobotomized. Darren Franich, EW.com, 8 Apr. 2021 Funds not obligated by Nov. 20 need to be returned to the county fiscal officer, and those will be redistributed to cities that have met the encumbrance requirements, Rubino said. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 7 Oct. 2020 Freed from the encumbrances of physical infrastructure, fitness can happen anywhere, in any form, anytime. Michael Owen, The Atlantic, 29 May 2020 The querying feeling is basically gone: In its stead is a polished cohesion, the reassurance of something executed crisply and masterfully, almost without encumbrance. Jon Pareles, New York Times, 8 May 2020 Late August through the end of September is the best time to make major changes that free you from past encumbrances and give you a leg up in with your career. oregonlive, 28 Mar. 2020 Proposed appropriations in the General Fund, including encumbrances, will be approximately $25.2 million. Beth Mlady, cleveland, 16 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of encumbrance

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of encumbrance was in 1535

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“Encumbrance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encumbrance. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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variants: also incumbrance \ in-​ˈkəm-​brəns \

Legal Definition of encumbrance

: a claim (as a lien) against property specifically : an interest or right (as an easement or a lease) in real property that may diminish the value of the estate but does not prevent the conveyance of the estate that these premises are free from all encumbrances

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