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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·cum·brance n.  [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.
 2. Law A burden or charge upon property; a claim or lien upon an estate, which may diminish its value.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a charge against property (as a lien or mortgage) [syn: encumbrance]
      2: an onerous or difficult concern; "the burden of
         responsibility"; "that's a load off my mind" [syn: burden,
          load, encumbrance, onus]
      3: any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome [syn: hindrance,
          hitch, preventive, preventative, encumbrance, interference]