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Definition of encumbrance:

  1. Same as Incumbrance.
  2. That which encumbers; a burden which impedes action, or renders it difficult and laborious; a clog; an impediment. See Incumbrance.

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essence, tour of duty, consignment, gist, interference, birth control device, preventive, core, hinderance, hobble, incumbrance, freight, arrest, hindrance, noise, difficulty, prophylactic device, check, cargo, lading, contraceptive device, shipment, baulk, payload, warhead, lode, enlistment, hitch, contraceptive, prophylactic, tour, hang-up, bar, halt, limp, burden, disturbance, loading, rub, preventative, duty tour, onus, effect, balk, term of enlistment, intervention, load.

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