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unencumbered

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.

Definitions of unencumbered
  1. adjective
    free of encumbrance
    “inherited an unencumbered estate”
    Synonyms:
    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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    Antonyms:
    encumbered
    loaded to excess or impeded by a heavy load
    burdened, heavy-laden, loaded down
    bearing a physically heavy weight or load
    clogged
    loaded with something that hinders motion
    involved, mired
    entangled or hindered as if e.g. in mire
    mortgaged
    burdened with legal or financial obligations
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  2. adjective
    not burdened with cares or responsibilities
    “living an unencumbered life”
    Synonyms:
    unburdened
    not burdened with difficulties or responsibilities
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