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Definition 1: any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for encumbrance in the sense of this definition

(encumbrance is a kind of ...) any structure that makes progress difficult

(... is a kind of encumbrance ) any object that acts as a hindrance or obstruction

(... is a kind of encumbrance ) a hindrance to speeding created by a crosswise ridge in the surface of a roadway

Definition 2: an onerous or difficult concern - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where encumbrance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the burden of responsibility
  • that's a load off my mind

Synonyms for encumbrance in the sense of this definition

(encumbrance is a kind of ...) something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness

"New York traffic is a constant concern" "it's a major worry"

(... is a kind of encumbrance ) an oppressive encumbrance

(... is a kind of encumbrance ) a burden (figuratively in the form of a bundle)

(... is a kind of encumbrance ) an uncalled-for burden

"he listened but resented the imposition"

(... is a kind of encumbrance ) something unpleasant or offensive that must be tolerated or endured

"his competitor's success was a bitter pill to take"

Definition 3: a charge against property (as a lien or mortgage) - [noun denoting possession]

Synonyms for encumbrance in the sense of this definition

(encumbrance is a kind of ...) financial liabilities (such as a tax)

"the charges against the estate"

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