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English noun: encumbrance

1. encumbrance (cognition) an onerous or difficult concern


SamplesThe burden of responsibility.
That's a load off my mind.


Synonymsburden, incumbrance, load, onus


Broader (hypernym)concern, headache, vexation, worry


Narrower (hyponym)dead weight, fardel, imposition, pill

2. encumbrance (possession) a charge against property (as a lien or mortgage)


Synonymsincumbrance


Broader (hypernym)charge

3. encumbrance (artifact) any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome


Synonymshinderance, hindrance, hitch, incumbrance, interference, preventative, preventive


Broader (hypernym)impediment, impedimenta, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor


Narrower (hyponym)clog, speed bump









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