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encumber

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Definition hinder (make more difficult, or less valuable, hold back, or weigh down)
  • Digital distribution is encumbered by old copyright law.
encumbered = hindered (made more difficult)
  • Players complain they are encumbered by the new protective padding.
  • He had felt that his father was growing weak, he had believed that the end was near and had sought this separation in order to get rid of the burden, to free himself from so encumbrance which could lessen his own chances of survival.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • encumbrance = something that hinders
  • Dill was encumbered by the chair, and his pace was slower.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • encumbered = hindered
  • In a word, why did he abandon four thousand francs in gold to encumber himself with a bundle of linen?
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • encumber = hinder (weigh down)
  • And the west, encumbered by crippling alliances, and burdened with a morality too rigid to accommodate itself to the swing of events, must . . . eventually . . . fall.
    Edward Albee  --  Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • encumbered = hindered (made less able to move freely)
  • He was seated in my chair at the desk, bending down to adjust the gross encumbrance of his leg, so that only the familiar ears set close against his head were visible, and his short-cut brown hair.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • encumbrance = something that hinders
  • Nobody ever felt encumbered by his presence.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • And how unnecessary it has been for you to toil along on foot, and encumber yourself with this heavy load
    Hardy, Thomas  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles - A Pure Woman
  • I do not then see why, without real necessity, I should encumber my life with a perpetual companion.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • In a word, why did he abandon four thousand francs in gold to encumber himself with a bundle of linen?
    Poe, Edgar Allan  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • The home was encumbered by two loans.
  • I will encumber you no more.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Bleak House
  • I say that the dress should be so well made, that it will in no way encumber you, even in drawing your sword.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Man in the Iron Mask
  • The casket would encumber you.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Three Musketeers
  • It is needless to encumber these pages with quotations.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  Man And Wife
  • Not to encumber our story with Mr.
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel  --  House Of Seven Gables
  • If you are wise, you will not encumber yourself with more than thirty, and you will find those trouble enough.
    Lang, Andrew  --  The Arabian Nights
  • They were shepherds, with no property but their live-stock, encumbered by their women and children, poorly armed and with scanty ammunition.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop

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