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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - Any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome; An onerous or difficult concern; A charge against property (as a lien or mortgage).

Usage examples (39)
  • It is not allowable that a guest should stay till he makes himself encumbrance.
  • Noun : Poverty was a lifelong encumbrance
  • But pupils are not readily attainable by a heretic woman, away from her natural home, and with a young child as "encumbrance".
  • Hopewell's only encumbrance was his mother-in-law. for more
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