encumbrance

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noun en·cum·brance \in-ˈkəm-brən(t)s\

Definition of encumbrance

  1. 1 :  something that encumbers :  impediment, burden

  2. 2 :  a claim (such as a mortgage) against property

Examples of encumbrance in a Sentence

  1. without the encumbrance of a heavy backpack, I could sprint along the trail

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First Known Use of encumbrance

1535


Law Dictionary

encumbrance

noun en·cum·brance \in-ˈkəm-brəns\
variants: also

incumbrance

\in-ˈkəm-brəns\

Legal Definition of encumbrance

  1. :  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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