Encumbered means restricted or burdened. It's tricky to take photographs outside in the winter when you're encumbered with thick gloves and layers of coats and sweaters.

When your movements are restricted, you're encumbered. You might be physically encumbered by having too many things to carry, or your ability to speak freely can be encumbered by the people at the next table who are clearly listening in on your conversation — and laughing at you. Encumbered is used often to talk about debt; you might be encumbered by a high monthly car payment that prevents you from buying concert tickets.

Definitions of encumbered
  1. adjective
    loaded to excess or impeded by a heavy load
    “"a summer resort... encumbered with great clapboard-and-stucco hotels"- A.J.Liebling”
    “a hiker encumbered with a heavy backpack”
    “an encumbered estate”
    burdened, heavy-laden, loaded down
    bearing a physically heavy weight or load
    loaded with something that hinders motion
    involved, mired
    entangled or hindered as if e.g. in mire
    burdened with legal or financial obligations
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    free of encumbrance
    burdenless, unburdened
    not encumbered with a physical burden or load
    clear, unmortgaged
    (especially of a title) free from any encumbrance or limitation that presents a question of fact or law
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