Origin of incumbent
Related formsin·cum·bent·ly, adverban·ti-in·cum·bent, adjective, nounnon·in·cum·bent, noun, adjective
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
British Dictionary definitions for incumbent
Derived Formsincumbently, adverb
Word Origin for incumbent
Culture definitions for incumbent
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.