Felt it was incumbent on us all to help.
Incumbent rock strata.
The incumbent mayor.
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 was reelected to another term.
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
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Origin of incumbent
- 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 in–2 -cumbere to recline
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).