Definition of encumbrance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪnˈkʌmbrəns//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkʌmbrəns//
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a person or thing that prevents somebody from moving easily or from doing what they want synonym burden I felt I was being an encumbrance to them. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting an encumbered state; formerly also as incumbrance): from Old French encombrance, from encombrer ‘block up’, from en- ‘in’ + combre ‘river barrage’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: encumbrance