noun \in-ˈkəm-bən(t)-sē\

: the time during which a person holds a particular office or position

: the state of holding a particular office or position

plural in·cum·ben·cies

Full Definition of INCUMBENCY

:  something that is incumbent :  duty
:  the quality or state of being incumbent
:  the sphere of action or period of office of an incumbent

Examples of INCUMBENCY

  1. Hundreds of new jobs were created during her incumbency.
  2. the advantages of incumbency during an election
  3. a politician seeking to keep his incumbency

First Known Use of INCUMBENCY

circa 1608


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