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encumbrance

en·cum·brance

encumbrance

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn kuhm brns
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Word Combinations (noun)
part of speech: noun
definition 1: something or someone that hinders or burdens; impediment.
He viewed his seat belt as an unnecessary encumbrance and refused to wear it.The owner tried to help the busy chef, but in fact she was only an encumbrance.
antonyms:
assist, assistance, help
similar words:
clog, drawback, hindrance, impediment, liability, obstruction, snag
definition 2: a lien, mortgage, or other financial claim upon property.
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