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incumbent

[ in-kuhm-buh nt ]SEE DEFINITION OF incumbent
  • adj.obligatory
  • nounofficeholder

Synonyms for incumbent

  • binding
  • necessary
  • compelling
  • urgent
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Antonyms for incumbent

  • unnecessary
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR INCUMBENT

It was incumbent upon Mr. Gladstone to lead the opposition to this motion.

Fanny did not see that; but felt it incumbent on her to continue talking. '

The very utmost he can do is no more than is incumbent upon him.

It could not, then, be incumbent on her to let her life be taken in payment.

Every man, woman, and child, thinks it incumbent on them to sport a mourning face.

And now he was once more seated close to her, and it was incumbent on him to speak to her.

"We must all die," said the deacon, feeling that it was incumbent on him to say something religious.

This was the feeling that had made it incumbent on him to repudiate a wife who had so treated him.

He had lived as an aristocrat—it was incumbent on him, he said, not to shirk death as one.

A positive injunction is that which is incumbent on every believer.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "person holding a church position," from Medieval Latin incumbentem (nominative incumbens) "holder of a church position," noun use of present participle of incumbere "to obtain or possess," from Latin incumbere "recline on," figuratively "apply oneself to," from in- "on" (see in- (2)) + -cumbere "lie down," related to cubare "to lie" (see cubicle). Extended to holders of any office from 1670s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR INCUMBENT

inhabitant

nounperson who is resident of habitation

occupant

nounperson who resides in a place
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