- The definition of incumbent is laying on top of something.
An example of incumbent is a cat lounging on its sleeping owner.
- Incumbent is defined as the person who is already in an elected office.
An example of incumbent is the person who is currently the president.
incumbent definition by Webster's New World
- lying, resting, or pressing with its weight on something else
- currently in office
Origin: Classical Latin incumbens, present participle of incumbere, to recline or rest on ; from in-, on plush cubare, to lie down: see cube
incumbent definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Imposed as an obligation or duty; obligatory: felt it was incumbent on us all to help.
- Lying, leaning, or resting on something else: incumbent rock strata.
- Currently holding a specified office: the incumbent mayor.
Origin: Middle English, holder of an office, from Medieval Latin incumbēns, incumbent-, from Latin, present participle of incumbere, to lean upon, apply oneself to : in-, on; see in-2 + -cumbere, to recline.
- in·cumˈbent·ly adverb
incumbent - Computer Definition
Refers to an entity that is currently in power. For example, in politics, the "incumbent senator" is the person who holds that office today. An "incumbent company" is an organization that has been providing goods and services for some time. See ILEC.
incumbent - Cultural Definition
One who holds a public office. By virtue of their experience in office, their exposure to the public, and their ability to raise campaign funds, incumbents usually have a significant advantage over opponents if they choose to run for reelection.
incumbent - Phrases/Idioms
incumbent onor incumbent upon