ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anti-incumbent (audio)
: characterized by or expressing opposition to or disapproval of current political officeholders
Some would argue that 1994 was a mere extension of the anti-incumbent mood in 1992 that toppled President George Bush …Donald R. Wolfensberger

Examples of anti-incumbent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The election comes at a time when several Latin American countries have seen elections marked by anti-incumbent sentiment and political outsiders amid general discontent over the economy and crime. TIME, 23 Oct. 2023 The other two races, analysts said, are a better gauge of Britain’s anti-incumbent mood after 13 years of Conservative rule and provided a possible preview of the general election that Sunak must call by January 2025. Mark Landler,, 21 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of anti-incumbent was in 1893

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“Anti-incumbent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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