- incumbent on,
Origin of incumbent
Examples from the Web for incumbent
Twelve incumbent governors who publicly support Common Core easily won re-election.
When Democratic incumbent Rep. Jim Matheson opted not to run again, Love won by several thousand votes in the 2014 midterms.
Actually, Brown lost the Senate race to Democrat incumbent Jean Shaheen because Scott once posed nude for Cosmo.
The Democratic incumbent was doing fine with local issues until her opponent used the ISIS beheadings to turn the tide.
In Illinois, embattled Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn lost his bid for re-election against Bruce Rauner.
Being in such distress, I thought it incumbent on me to compose a sonnet; which I copy for you.The Heroine|Eaton Stannard Barrett
But it is incumbent on me to paint my father's character, in order to inform you of the origin of my misfortunes.Munster Village|Mary Hamilton
It is incumbent upon the manager to see that empty racks are thoroughly cleansed before placing wet rubber upon them.The Preparation of Plantation Rubber|Sidney Morgan
The internal service arrangements at St. Peter's are worked by an incumbent, a curate, and a clerk.Our Churches and Chapels|Atticus
At present I shall only say to you that the incumbent of this living is old and infirm, and that it is in my gift.Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2|Henry Fielding
Word Origin for incumbent
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.
1560s, in relation to duties or obligations, from Latin incumbentem (nominative incumbens), present participle of incumbere (see incumbent (n.)). The literal, physical sense is rare in English and first attested 1620s.
One who holds a public office. By virtue of their experience in office, their exposure to the public, and their ability to raise campaign funds, incumbents usually have a significant advantage over opponents if they choose to run for reelection.