un·​en·​cum·​bered | \ ˌən-in-ˈkəm-bərd How to pronounce unencumbered (audio) \

Definition of unencumbered

: free of encumbrance

Examples of unencumbered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those same economic headwinds may be part of why Pichai is asking employees to remain laser-focused on productivity, as unencumbered growth in the tech space is no longer a guarantee amid this year’s market downturn. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 1 Aug. 2022 Elaine’s ultimately closed, in 2011, but Mr. Woods’ muse remained unencumbered. Sam Roberts, BostonGlobe.com, 30 July 2022 Elaine’s ultimately closed, in 2011, but Mr. Woods’s muse remained unencumbered. New York Times, 29 July 2022 The firm also cited the recent market uncertainty for an increase in cash management being deployed to decrease unencumbered cash balances across primes and custodians. Jacob Wolinsky, Forbes, 16 June 2022 During this time, however, the shooter had unencumbered access to carry out the attack. Safia Samee Ali, NBC News, 27 May 2022 Immigrant kids tended to outperform their peers from similar economic backgrounds because, unencumbered by deep hometown roots, their parents were willing to move to where the jobs were. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, 1 July 2022 The Benicia-Martinez Bridge on Interstate 680 already has open-road tolling — with three lanes unencumbered by tollbooths on the left side of the plaza and nine with tollbooths on the right side. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Apr. 2022 Summer exposes the best and the worst parts of living in a city—everything is bustling, parks are packed, nightlife sparkles, and people feel unencumbered. Emma Sarappo, The Atlantic, 10 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unencumbered

1722, in the meaning defined above

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“Unencumbered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unencumbered. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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