In*cum"brance (?), n. [See Encumbrance.] [Written also encumbrance.]

1.

A burdensome and troublesome load; anything that impedes motion or action, or renders it difficult or laborious; clog; impediment; hindrance; check.

Cowper.

2. Law

A burden or charge upon property; a claim or lien upon an estate, which may diminish its value.

 

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