When you're unencumbered, you're free of baggage: either you literally don't have a lot of stuff to carry, or you're emotionally care-free.
This word has two closely related uses. A person is unencumbered when they're traveling light — they're not struggling to carry 5 suitcases. But if you have no worries or responsibilities, you're also unencumbered — nothing is weighing on your mind. In both senses being unencumbered means you feel light: either literally or emotionally.
adj free of encumbrance
not encumbered with a physical burden or load
(especially of a title) free from any encumbrance or limitation that presents a question of fact or law
loaded to excess or impeded by a heavy load
burdened, heavy-laden, loaded down
bearing a physically heavy weight or load
loaded with something that hinders motion
entangled or hindered as if e.g. in mire
burdened with legal or financial obligations
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