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ENCUMBRANCE

ENCUMBRANCE. A burden or charge upon an estate or property, so that it cannot be disposed of without being subject to it. A mortgage, a lien for cannot be disposed of without being subject to it. A mortgage, a lien for taxes, are examples of encumbrances. taxes, are examples of encumbrances. 2. These do not affect the possession of the grantee, and may be 2. These do not affect the possession of the grantee, and may be removed or extinguished by a definite pecuniary value. See 2 Greenl. R. 22; removed or extinguished by a definite pecuniary value. See 2 Greenl. R. 22; 5 Greenl. R. 94. 5 Greenl. R. 94. 3. There are encumbrances of another kind which cannot be so removed, 3. There are encumbrances of another kind which cannot be so removed, such as easements for example, a highway, or a preexisting right to take such as easements for example, a highway, or a preexisting right to take water from, the land. Strictly speaking, however, these are not water from, the land. Strictly speaking, however, these are not encumbrances, but appurtenances to estates in other lands, or in the encumbrances, but appurtenances to estates in other lands, or in the language of the civil law, servitudes. (q.v.) 5 Conn. R. 497; 10 Conn. R. language of the civil law, servitudes. (q.v.) 5 Conn. R. 497; 10 Conn. R. 422 15 John. R. 483; and see 8 Pick. R. 349; 2 Wheat. R. 45. See 15 Verm. R. 422 15 John. R. 483; and see 8 Pick. R. 349; 2 Wheat. R. 45. See 15 Verm. R. 683; l Metc. 480; 9 Metc. 462; 1 App. R. 313; 4 Ala. 21; 4 Humph. 99; 18 683; l Metc. 480; 9 Metc. 462; 1 App. R. 313; 4 Ala. 21; 4 Humph. 99; 18 Pick. 403; 1 Ala. 645; 22 Pick. 447; 11 Gill




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