An example of incumbent is the person who is currently the president.
An example of incumbent is a cat lounging on its sleeping owner.
The incumbent toe of a bird.
If the incumbent senator dies, he is replaced by a person appointed by the governor.
- Depending upon as a duty or obligation.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of incumbent
- From Middle English, from stem incumbent-, of Medieval Latin incumbēns (“holder of a church position”), from Latin present participle of incumbō (“I lie down upon”).