Synonyms for Encumbers:
constrains, deters, opposes, blocks, crimps, clogs, complicates, detains, impairs, Cramps, catches, chokes, counters, interrupts, Delays, restricts, obstructs, fetters, entangles, checks, brakes, resists, fouls, cripples, impedes, inhibits, bars, hamstrings, paralyzes, dams, plugs, tangles, stays, frustrates, restrains, snags, drags, thwarts, stops, curbs, hinders, entraps, hampers, jams, mires, baffles, bungs, snarls, congests, constipates, bottlenecks.
fines, disciplines, deducts, penalizes, burdens, abates, judges, corrects, forfeits, handicaps, discounts, punishes, chastises.
Usage examples for encumbers
He might have replied to Lord Lawrence with the ironical question with which Dr. Johnson declined Lord Chesterfield's belated offer of patronage: " Is not a patron, my lord, one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water, and, when he has reached ground, encumbers him with help?" – The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.) by John Holland Rose