Encumbrance meaning

ĕn-kŭmbrəns
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(law) An interest, right, burden, or liability attached to a title of land, such as a lien or mortgage.
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The definition of an encumbrance is a burden or hindrance, or a claim attached to a piece of property or other asset by a lender until the loan is paid in full.

An obstacle that prevents you from accomplishing a desired aim is an example of an encumbrance.

A mortgage that is attached to your house is an example of an encumbrance on the property.

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One that encumbers; a burden or impediment.
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A lien or claim on property that diminishes its value or affects transfer of ownership but does not prevent such transfer.
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Something that encumbers; hindrance; obstruction; burden.
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A dependent, esp. a child.
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A lien, charge, or claim attached to real property, as a mortgage.
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A lien, charge, or claim that is attached to real property. Properties with mortgages are encumbered.
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A financial obligation, such as a mortgage, that is attached to or burdens a property right and is transferred with that right.
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Something that encumbers; a burden that must be carried.
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Origin of encumbrance

  • From Old French encombrance, from encombrer.

    From Wiktionary