Definition of unencumbered in English:



  • 1Not having any burden or impediment.

    ‘he needed to travel light and unencumbered’
    • ‘As Conservative MPs elected at this year's general election we represent a new generation unencumbered by the political baggage of the past.’
    • ‘Being unencumbered by any public baggage from the Thatcher or Major days is a clear plus, although this comes hand in hand with a whopping lack of experience.’
    • ‘Defensive and unencumbered by concerns of how well his gameplan will be received by others, Gerard Houllier's approach to the weekly press conference mirrors that of his team on the pitch.’
    • ‘This allowed wedding parties and other users to experience relatively unencumbered views of the historic chapel.’
    • ‘Quietly contemplative, perfectly still, he sits unencumbered by the world.’
    • ‘But, even if they gladly sacrifice the joys of unencumbered youth, early motherhood has reduced the chance they will enjoy the life that most of us would wish for our daughters.’
    • ‘Kent is a song stylist in the swing tradition, and her vocals are refreshingly unencumbered by elaboration for the sake of it.’
    • ‘A short battle ensues, where Arthur, relatively unencumbered by armor, easily dodges the slow and heavy strikes by the black knight.’
    • ‘While we go into the match unencumbered by expectation, the same is not true of the Welsh.’
    • ‘Likewise he can speak out on environmental issues unencumbered by the focus-group fudges that blunted his election campaign.’
    • ‘He is unencumbered by owing favours to one master or another in London, and he will measure his success by standards set in Scotland, not Westminster.’
    • ‘Pat McGowan, the book's hideous central character, is unencumbered by any moral code, even the criminal.’
    • ‘Sure, there are still places in this vast country where it is possible to escape, but they get harder and harder to find except for the fit, the adventurous and those unencumbered by children or jobs.’
    • ‘They bring a transparency of texture and easiness of pace to the music that allows it to speak directly, unencumbered by its status as a masterpiece of the Germanic repertoire.’
    • ‘He believed that an invisible hand ruled over the market place, guaranteeing that everyone would eventually benefit, if only the market mechanism were left unencumbered.’
    • ‘Bloggers - unencumbered by the cosy club rules that bind politicians and political journalists - could make a contribution in both areas.’
    • ‘A company's unencumbered view of its supply chain provides a competitive advantage by being able to react to constantly changing requirements.’
    • ‘He offered the view, unencumbered by reality check, that prolonged engagement would necessitate the introduction of conscription.’
    • ‘Here, too, was a place where I could freely speculate about Mary's album's complex meanings, unencumbered by the burden of historical proof.’
    • ‘I could understand you arguing that it was the duty of the Court of Appeal to decide this question for themselves, unencumbered by any views that had previously been expressed by any other judge.’
    1. 1.1Free of debt or other financial liability.
      • ‘The plaintiff still holds all the shares as his own absolutely unencumbered property.’
      • ‘It is common ground that it is the consideration for the dutiable transaction and not the unencumbered value of the shares that is in question.’
      • ‘For Winer, the trick is to find prime land that's unencumbered by debt, yet managed by people with a vision for it.’
      • ‘They are unencumbered trust funds pursuant to the Load Broker Regulations of the TTA.’
      • ‘The properties were unencumbered and the funds were deemed to be required either for the purchase of a property abroad or for refurbishment of the existing property.’
      • ‘That was a specific document to cover a mortgage for the particular purpose on an unencumbered title.’
      • ‘The way to ensure that there aren't hungry people in the world is to give peasants land, unencumbered by debt peonage.’
      • ‘The present value of the house, unencumbered with vacant possession, is about £160,000.’
      • ‘By assets, it is unclear whether this means Pinacor's stock, or whether Scansource is buying Pinacor unencumbered with debt.’
      • ‘There is an important public interest in discouraging restraint on trade, and maintaining free and open competition unencumbered by the fetters of restrictive covenants.’
      • ‘If the idea was to be able to require the daughters to join in a sale of the unencumbered freehold, far more than this agreement was required.’
      • ‘Its value is the value of his unencumbered interest minus the value of the secured loan.’
      • ‘In 1630, Milton published a poem praising Shakespeare as an imaginative genius, ‘fancy's child ’, apparently unencumbered by any literary debts.’
      • ‘Thus the suggestion that he has an unencumbered equity of about $125,000 in that property is at present open to question.’
      unencumbered by, unaffected by, clear of, without, devoid of, lacking in
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