encumbrance
en·cum·brance also in·cum·brance /in-'kəm-brəns/ n: a claim (as a lien) against property; specif: an interest or right (as an easement or a lease) in real property that may diminish the value of the estate but does not prevent the conveyance of the estate
that these premises are free from all encumbrance s

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

encumbrance
I noun burden, charge, claim, curb, difficulty, disadvantage, drawback, hampering, hindering, hindrance, hitch, hurdle, impediment, impedimentum, imposition, inconvenience, infliction, interference, liability, lien, lien on an estate, load, mortgage, obstacle, obstruction, onus, oppression, pressure, restriction, retardation, stay, stop, stoppage associated concepts: easements, mortgage foreign phrases:
- Transit terra cum onere. — Land passes subject to any encumbrances affecting it.
II index barrier, burden, charge (lien), constraint (restriction), damper (stopper), debt, disadvantage, fetter, handicap, hindrance, impediment, imposition (excessive burden), liability, mortgage, onus (burden), pressure, responsibility (accountability), weight (burden)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


encumbrance
n.
A mortgage, debt, or other burden on a piece of property.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


encumbrance
a burden that affects land, such as a mortgage.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


encumbrance
Any claim or lien on real estate. Examples include mortgages, deeds of trust, tax liens, mechanic's liens, easements, and water or timber rights. Documents showing encumbrances are usually recorded in the local land records office (commonly called the county recorder or registry of deeds). Also called incumbrance.
Category: Bankruptcy, Foreclosure & Debt → Foreclosure
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Homeowners

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

encumbrance
England, European Union, International, USA, United Kingdom, Wales
Also known as incumbrance.
Any burden, interest, right or claim which adversely affects the use of, or the ability to transfer, property. Sometimes the term is used more narrowly to refer just to security interests or similar arrangements affecting property.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


encumbrance
n. A financial obligation, such as a mortgage, that is attached to or burdens a property right and is transferred with that right.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


encumbrance
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.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


encumbrance
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.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

encumbrance
   (incumbrance)
n.
   a general term for any claim or lien on a parcel of real property. These include: mortgages, deeds of trust, recorded abstracts of judgment, unpaid real property taxes, tax liens, mechanic's liens, easements and water or timber rights. While the owner has title, any encumbrance is usually on record (with the County Recorder or Recorder of Deeds) and must be paid for at some point.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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