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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Encumberment Encumbrance. "Extol not riches then, the toil of fools,
      The wise man's cumbrance, if not snare."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n encumberment The act of encumbering; obstruction; interference.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Encumberment the act of encumbering: the state of being encumbered
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. encombrement,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. encombrer, from en-, and combrer.


In literature:

We are useless encumberers of the earth.
"Prince Zilah, Complete" by Jules Claretie
He is a bombastic mutt, a windjammer nonentity, a false alarm, and an encumberer of the earth!
"Toaster's Handbook" by Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
Each is a useless encumberer of the earth, and the sooner dead the better.
"Damn!" by Henry Louis Mencken
They are not encumberers of the ground.
"The Christian Foundation, Or, Scientific and Religious Journal, Volume I, No. 7, July, 1880" by Various