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incumbent

in·cum·bent

incumbent

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn kuhm bnt
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: currently holding an office or position.
No one is running against the incumbent senator in this election.
definition 2: required or obligatory.
As your superior, it is incumbent on me to warn you against improper use of this equipment.
definition 3: resting, leaning, or pressing on something.
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part of speech: noun
definition: one who currently holds a position or office.
The popular incumbent will be difficult to beat in the upcoming election.
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derivation: incumbently (adv.)