Incumbent meaning

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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.

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Lying; resting; reclining; recumbent.
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The definition of incumbent is laying on top of something.

An example of incumbent is a cat lounging on its sleeping owner.

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Lying, resting, or pressing with its weight on something else.
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Imposed on someone as an obligation, especially due to one's office.

Proper behavior is incumbent on all holders of positions of trust.

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The holder of an office or benefice.
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(zoology) Bent downwards so that the ends touch, or rest on, something else.

The incumbent toe of a bird.

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The current holder of an office, such as ecclesiastical benefice or an elected office.
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(business) A holder of a position as supplier to a market or market segment that allows the holder to earn above-normal profits.
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An entity that is currently in power. An "incumbent company" is an organization that has been providing goods and services for some time. In politics, the "incumbent senator" is the person who currently holds that office. See ILEC.
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(botany, geology) Resting on something else; in botany, said of anthers when lying on the inner side of the filament, or of cotyledons when the radicle lies against the back of one of them.

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Being the current holder of an office or a title.

If the incumbent senator dies, he is replaced by a person appointed by the governor.

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Currently in office.
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  • Depending upon as a duty or obligation.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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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”).

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