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1incumbent

noun in·cum·bent \in-ˈkəm-bənt\

: a person who holds a particular office or position

Full Definition of INCUMBENT

1
:  the holder of an office or ecclesiastical benefice
2
:  one that occupies a particular position or place

Examples of INCUMBENT

  1. Voters will have the chance to see the incumbent and her opponent in a series of three debates.
  2. Incumbents often have an advantage in elections.
  3. Because the statehouse now determines voting districts, the current map generally ensures that incumbents face minimal challenges to re-election. —Terry McCarthy, Time, 20 Dec. 2004

Origin of INCUMBENT

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin incumbent-, incumbens, present participle of incumbere to lie down on, from in- + -cumbere to lie down; akin to cubare to lie
First Known Use: 15th century

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Rhymes with INCUMBENT

2incumbent

adjective in·cum·bent \in-ˈkəm-bənt\

: holding an office or position

Full Definition of INCUMBENT

1
:  imposed as a duty :  obligatory <incumbent on us to take action>
2
:  having the status of an incumbent (see 1incumbent) <the team's incumbent third baseman>; especially :  occupying a specified office <the incumbent mayor>
3
:  lying or resting on something else
4
:  bent over so as to rest on or touch an underlying surface

Examples of INCUMBENT

  1. <it is incumbent upon you to attend every staff meeting>
  2. It is incumbent upon the press to act not in its own best interests, but in society's best interests. —Carll Tucker, Saturday Review, 23 June 1979

Origin of INCUMBENT

(see 1incumbent)
First Known Use: 1567

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