su·​per·​in·​cum·​bent ˌsü-pər-in-ˈkəm-bənt How to pronounce superincumbent (audio)
: lying or resting and usually exerting pressure on something else
superincumbently adverb

Word History


Latin superincumbent-, superincumbens, present participle of superincumbere to lie on top of, from super- + incumbere to lie down on — more at incumbent

First Known Use

1664, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of superincumbent was in 1664

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Cite this Entry

“Superincumbent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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