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Definition of encumbrance noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    encumbrance

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ɪnˈkʌmbrəns//
     
    (formal)
     
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  1. 1a person or thing that prevents someone from moving easily or from doing what they want synonym burden
  2. 2 I felt I was an encumbrance to them.
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