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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Encumber  \En*cum"ber\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Encumbered};  p.  pr 
  &  vb  n.  {Encumbering}.]  [F.  encombrer;  pref.  en-  (L.  in)  + 
  OF  combrer  to  hinder.  See  {Cumber},  and  cf  {Incumber}.] 
  [Written  also  {incumber}.] 
  1.  To  impede  the  motion  or  action  of  as  with  a  burden;  to 
  retard  with  something  superfluous;  to  weigh  down  to 
  obstruct  or  embarrass;  as  his  movements  were  encumbered 
  by  his  mantle;  his  mind  is  encumbered  with  useless 
  learning. 
 
  Not  encumbered  with  any  notable  inconvenience. 
  --Hooker. 
 
  2.  To  load  with  debts,  or  other  legal  claims;  as  to  encumber 
  an  estate  with  mortgages. 
 
  Syn:  To  load;  clog;  oppress;  overload;  embarrass;  perplex; 
  hinder;  retard;  obstruct;  check;  block. 




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