What does incumbent mean?

Definitions for incumbent
ɪnˈkʌm bəntin·cum·bent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. incumbent, officeholderadjective

    the official who holds an office

  2. incumbentadjective

    lying or leaning on something else

    "an incumbent geological formation"

  3. incumbentadjective

    necessary (for someone) as a duty or responsibility; morally binding

    "it is incumbent on them to pay their own debts"

  4. incumbentadjective

    currently holding an office

    "the incumbent governor"

Wiktionary

  1. incumbentnoun

    The current holder of an office, such as ecclesiastical benefice or a an elected office.

  2. incumbentnoun

    A holder of a position as supplier to a market or market segment that allows the holder to earn above-normal profits.

  3. incumbentadjective

    Imposed on someone as an obligation, especially due to one's office.

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

  4. incumbentadjective

    Resting on something else.

  5. incumbentadjective

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Incumbentadjective

    lying; resting; reclining; recumbent; superimposed; superincumbent

    Etymology: [L. incumbens, -entis, p. pr. of incumbere to lie down upon, press upon; pref. in- in, on + cumbere (in comp.); akin to cubare to lie down. See Incubate.]

  2. Incumbentadjective

    lying, resting, or imposed, as a duty or obligation; obligatory; always with on or upon

    Etymology: [L. incumbens, -entis, p. pr. of incumbere to lie down upon, press upon; pref. in- in, on + cumbere (in comp.); akin to cubare to lie down. See Incubate.]

  3. Incumbentadjective

    leaning or resting; -- 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

    Etymology: [L. incumbens, -entis, p. pr. of incumbere to lie down upon, press upon; pref. in- in, on + cumbere (in comp.); akin to cubare to lie down. See Incubate.]

  4. Incumbentadjective

    bent downwards so that the ends touch, or rest on, something else; as, the incumbent toe of a bird

    Etymology: [L. incumbens, -entis, p. pr. of incumbere to lie down upon, press upon; pref. in- in, on + cumbere (in comp.); akin to cubare to lie down. See Incubate.]

  5. Incumbentnoun

    a person who is in present possession of a benefice or of any office

    Etymology: [L. incumbens, -entis, p. pr. of incumbere to lie down upon, press upon; pref. in- in, on + cumbere (in comp.); akin to cubare to lie down. See Incubate.]

Freebase

  1. Incumbent

    The incumbent, in politics, is the existing holder of a political office. This term is usually used in reference to elections, in which races can often be defined as being between an incumbent and non-incumbent. For example, in the 2012 United States presidential election, Barack Obama was the incumbent, because he had been the president in the previous term while the election sought to determine the president for the current term. A race without an incumbent is referred to as an open seat.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Incumbent

    in-kum′bent, adj. lying or resting on: lying on as a duty.—n. one who holds an ecclesiastical benefice.—n. Incum′bency, a lying or resting on: the holding of an office: an ecclesiastical benefice.—adv. Incum′bently. [L. incumbens, -entis, pr.p. of incumbĕre, to lie upon.]

Entomology

  1. Incumbent

    lying one over another: wings when they cover the dorsal horizontally.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of incumbent in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of incumbent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of incumbent in a Sentence

  1. Chuck Fleischmann:

    It’s incumbent upon all members of Congress to support legislation that keeps us safe at home and abroad, when you have … bipartisan support, it shouldn’t devolve into a bipartisan fight. We all have to be concerned about the world being very dangerous.

  2. Steve Flowers:

    If you’re an incumbent and you outspend your opposition three-to-one and you only get 38 percent of the vote, you’re in trouble, she’s in trouble right now. If she does win, it won’t be by a landslide. It’ll be because Trump endorsed her and got her out of the doghouse and the National Chamber of Commerce and every political PAC in Washington loaded her up with money.

  3. Makan Delrahim:

    Those are some of the questions that are being raised ... whether those were nascent competitors that may or may not have been wise to approve, whether the intention of the incumbent was to purchase some of those competitors, I don't know. I'm not privy to the facts of each of those investigations.

  4. Alastair Bishop:

    If you look over the next five, 10 years, something very similar will happen in the automotive space, not every new entrant will be a winner, just as not every incumbent will be a loser. It's going to be a bit more nuanced.

  5. Elliott Suthers:

    Whitman said in a statement. Although Whitman is one of the most prominent executives in Silicon Valley, with a career that spans startups and older businesses, she is not a household name in California, despite her run for governor, said Elliott Suthers, senior vice president with Grayling public communications and communications and media adviser for the McCain/Palin 2008 presidential campaign. To run against a relatively popular incumbent like [ Sen. Dianne Feinstein ] she ’d need to spend record amounts to get within striking distance, outside of Silicon Valley, she’s still a largely unknown quantity. Voters have a pretty short memory and her positions have undoubtedly shifted since 2010.

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