Encumber (West's Encyclopedia of American Law)
To burden property by way of a charge that must be removed before ownership is free and clear.
Property subject to an encumbrance may have a lien or mortgage imposed upon it.
(The entire section is 32 words.)
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Encumbrance (West's Encyclopedia of American Law)
A burden, obstruction, or impediment on property that lessens its value or makes it less marketable. An encumbrance (also spelled incumbrance) is any right or interest that exists in someone other than the owner of an estate and that restricts or impairs the transfer of the estate or lowers its value. This might include an EASEMENT, a lien, a mortgage, a mechanic's lien, or accrued and unpaid taxes.
(The entire section is 68 words.)