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Noun encumbrance has 3 senses
  1. burden, load, encumbrance, incumbrance, onus - an onerous or difficult concern; "the burden of responsibility"; "that's a load off my mind"
    --1 is a kind of concern, worry, headache, vexation
    --1 has particulars: dead weight; fardel; imposition; pill
  2. encumbrance, incumbrance - a charge against property (as a lien or mortgage)
    --2 is a kind of charge
  3. hindrance, hitch, preventive, preventative, encumbrance, incumbrance, interference - any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
    --3 is a kind of obstruction, obstructor, obstructer, impediment, impedimenta
    --3 has particulars: clog; speed bump
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