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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n incumbrance any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
    • n incumbrance an onerous or difficult concern "the burden of responsibility","that's a load off my mind"
    • n incumbrance a charge against property (as a lien or mortgage)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Incumbrance (Law) A burden or charge upon property; a claim or lien upon an estate, which may diminish its value.
    • Incumbrance A burdensome and troublesome load; anything that impedes motion or action, or renders it difficult or laborious; clog; impediment; hindrance; check.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n incumbrance See encumbrance, encumbrancer.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Encumbrance


In literature:

So far from Milton having justified the ways of God to man, he has loaded the common theology with a new incumbrance.
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
At five o'clock the men of the corps were ordered to unsling knapsacks and divest themselves of every incumbrance preparatory to a charge.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
Thy familia numbers five hundred souls; of these some are wounded and more are but incumbrances.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
Tell them to bring her back, even with that beastly incumbrance.
"The Diamond Coterie" by Lawrence L. Lynch
Miracles, if sometimes useful and profitable, are sometimes awkward incumbrances.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
Why should he, with such appliances, stand an incumbrance in the Present; perish disastrously out of the Future!
"Past and Present" by Thomas Carlyle
I don't think you would find him an incumbrance.
"Vixen, Volume II." by M. E. Braddon
A family is a terrible incumbrance, especially when one is not married.
"Vera" by Oscar Wilde
Holding the trap against the side, Jim tore off its incumbrances.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
Individual thinking and feeling are incumbrances and not recommendations on the paths of life.
"Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 1, March 1906" by Various
The chairs, tables, and other incumbrances were thrown into the river, in order to clear the deck for action.
"Heroes and Hunters of the West" by Anonymous
Their debts are now paid, and their farms free from all incumbrance.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
Besides, it was all very well for newly-married people to go on a trip; by-and-by would come incumbrances, children.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
Such an incumbrance would have been troublesome to them, travelling, as they were, afoot.
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
The total of 605 acres, I am glad to say, is without incumbrance of any kind.
"Tuskegee & Its People: Their Ideals and Achievements" by Various
But, as you said, he had a wife and other incumbrances; so the least said about that the better.
"The Smart Set" by Clyde Fitch
Why take care of the old furniture, that will be worse than an incumbrance in the new premises?
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 349, November, 1844" by Various
Mr. Dancy raised his eyes as he heard the tone, and then he took off his spectacles as though he felt them an incumbrance.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
He followed his slighter companion, who led the way, despite the incumbrance of the box he carried.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
Both must join in an incumbrance or sale of the homestead.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various