Definition of encumbrance in English:
1A burden or impediment.
- So the chancellor would be able to govern for at least one whole legislative period unhindered by the encumbrances of federalism.
- What women need is a little oxygen, a little breathing room, to be without encumbrances and stress.’
- Money is not a pressing problem; domestic encumbrances remain out of sight.
hindrance, obstruction, obstacle, impediment, constraint, handicap, inconvenience, nuisance, disadvantage, drawback
burden, responsibility, obligation, liability, weight, load, stress, strain, pressure, trouble, worry;
informal ball and chain
1.1 Law A mortgage or other charge on property or assets.
- The company has satisfactory title to all assets and there are no liens or encumbrances on the company's assets, except for those that are disclosed in the notes to the financial statements.
- By the first sentence of clause 9 the sellers ‘warrant that the vessel, at the time of delivery, is free from all encumbrances, mortgages and maritime liens or any other debts whatsoever’.
- At the top of the list is the simple proposition that by adding a reference to the first mortgage as a prior encumbrance the lease was encumbered.
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