1. Something that encumbers; a burden that must be carried.
    • 1912 January, Zane Grey, chapter 8, in Riders of the Purple Sage: A Novel, New York, N.Y.; London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, OCLC 6868219 ↗:
      Some consideration was necessary to decide whether or not to leave his rifle there. On the return, carrying the girl and a pack, it would be added encumbrance […]
  2. (legal) An interest, right, burden, or liability attached to a title of land, such as a lien or mortgage.
  3. (legal) One who is dependent on another.
    a widow without encumbrances, i.e. without children
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