encumbrance

Definition

Anything that diminishes a property's worth or makes it less useful or enjoyable. Examples include taxes, mortgages, easements, judgment liens, and rules restricting how the property is used.

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John had a difficult time selling his home because it came with multiple encumbrances.

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The encumbrance functioned as a liability so it negatively influenced the decision making process for the young couple interested in the home.

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You should try to remove any encumbrance from your work place that may be making things hard for others to do their job.

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