Word + Quiz: unencumbered

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Word + Quiz: unencumbered

1. free of encumbrances like burdens or obstacles

2. lacking obligations, cares or responsibilities

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The word unencumbered has appeared in 68 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Nov. 8 in “The Digital Nomads Did Not Prepare for This” by Erin Griffith:

For a certain kind of worker, the pandemic presented a rupture in the space-time-career continuum. Many Americans were stuck, tied down by children or lost income or obligations to take care of the sick. But for those who were unencumbered, with steady jobs that were doable from anywhere, it was a moment to grab destiny and bend employment to their favor.

Their logic was as enviable as it was unattainable for everyone else: If you’re going to work from home indefinitely, why not make a new home in an exotic place? This tiny cohort gathered their MacBooks, passports and N95 masks and became digital nomads.

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