nonincumbent

noun

non·​in·​cum·​bent ˌnän-in-ˈkəm-bənt How to pronounce nonincumbent (audio)
: 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 Baldwin, who was elected to the House of Representatives in 1998, was also the first gay nonincumbent elected to either chamber of Congress. NBC News, 8 Nov. 2020 There are at least a dozen other nonincumbent, openly LGBTQ candidates running for Congress. Julie Moreau /, NBC News, 29 Jan. 2018 The Over-the-Rhine resident might have more union endorsements than any other nonincumbent. Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, 8 Sep. 2017 Her name recognition makes her the clubhouse leader among nonincumbents. Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, 4 Nov. 2017 But other than that, most nonincumbents seem content to fly under the radar. Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, 22 Oct. 2017 Ordinarily, a nominating convention for a nonincumbent is about telling a new story. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 13 July 2016 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonincumbent was in 1881

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“Nonincumbent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonincumbent. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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