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[in-kuhm-buh n-see] /ɪnˈkʌm bən si/
noun, plural incumbencies for 2–5.
the quality or state of being incumbent.
the position or term of an incumbent.
something that is incumbent.
a duty or obligation:
my incumbencies as head of the organization.
Archaic. an incumbent weight or mass.
Origin of incumbency
First recorded in 1600-10; incumb(ent) + -ency Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Until the day of that incident his incumbency was in no way unusual.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
  • The annals of his incumbency were doubtless short and simple: they have not survived.

  • I have saved this money during my twenty years of incumbency.

    The Chaplain of the Fleet

    Walter Besant and James Rice
  • But, nevertheless, this incumbency of Hogglestock was his all in the world.

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

    Anthony Trollope
  • He had got the offer of an incumbency not very far from Park-Lane.

    A Life For a Love L. T. Meade
British Dictionary definitions for incumbency


noun (pl) -cies
the state or quality of being incumbent
the office, duty, or tenure of an incumbent
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for incumbency

c.1600, from incumbent + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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