non·​in·​cum·​bent | \ ˌnän-in-ˈkəm-bənt How to pronounce nonincumbent (audio) \

Definition of nonincumbent

: a person who is not an incumbent But this is the year of the nonincumbent, the year when reformers are crying, "Throw the rascals out."— John Dillin

Examples of nonincumbent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are at least a dozen other nonincumbent, openly LGBTQ candidates running for Congress. Julie Moreau /, NBC News, "Growing number of LGBTQ candidates seek political office in 2018," 29 Jan. 2018 The Over-the-Rhine resident might have more union endorsements than any other nonincumbent. Jason Williams,, "PX: What does Christopher Smitherman think about 'dark money' helping Cranley?," 8 Sep. 2017 Her name recognition makes her the clubhouse leader among nonincumbents. Jason Williams,, "PX: 10 questions about Election Day 2017 in Cincinnati," 4 Nov. 2017 But other than that, most nonincumbents seem content to fly under the radar. Jason Williams,, "PX: Meh. 5 reasons why the Cincinnati election isn't exciting anyone," 22 Oct. 2017 Ordinarily, a nominating convention for a nonincumbent is about telling a new story. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Battle of the Network Stars: Trump vs. Clinton," 13 July 2016

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First Known Use of nonincumbent

1881, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonincumbent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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