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Incumbent meaning

incumbent - 8 dictionary results

  1. 1. lying or leaning on something else; " an incumbent geological formation"
  2. 2. Lying; resting; reclining; recumbent; superimposed; superincumbent.
  3. 3. Lying, resting, or imposed, as a duty or obligation; obligatory; always with on or upon.
  4. 4. Bent downwards so that the ends touch, or rest on, something else; as, the incumbent toe of a bird.
  5. 5. A person who is in present possession of a benefice or of any office.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. Lying on; resting on, as a duty.
  8. 8. One who holds a benefice or office.

incumbent - examples of usage

  1. And since those whom we know best never come to Friendship without a welcome, it was instantly incumbent on us all to be what Calliope called " up in arms an' flyin' round." - "Friendship Village", Zona Gale.
  2. But, as the citizen of a republic in which action was first matured in council, and living in the age when public speech first became a recognised power in the State, it was incumbent on him to embody in 'his abstract and chronicle of the time' the speech of the orator no less than the achievement of the soldier. - "The Roman Poets of the Republic", W. Y. Sellar.
  3. While the old lady was thus running on, the subject of her conversation again rode to the side of the litter; for it was extraordinary how incumbent on him he considered it to make frequent inquiries respecting the young lady's health. - "The Prime Minister", W.H.G. Kingston.
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