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incumbency

[in-kuhm-buh n-see]
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noun, plural in·cum·ben·cies for 2–5.
  1. the quality or state of being incumbent.
  2. the position or term of an incumbent.
  3. something that is incumbent.
  4. a duty or obligation: my incumbencies as head of the organization.
  5. Archaic. an incumbent weight or mass.
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Origin of incumbency

First recorded in 1600–10; incumb(ent) + -ency
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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.

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


British Dictionary definitions for incumbency

incumbency

noun plural -cies
  1. the state or quality of being incumbent
  2. the office, duty, or tenure of an incumbent
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Word Origin and History for incumbency

n.

c.1600, from incumbent + -cy.

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