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INCUMBENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does incumbent mean? 

INCUMBENT (noun)
  The noun INCUMBENT has 1 sense:

1. the official who holds an office

  Familiarity information: INCUMBENT used as a noun is very rare.


INCUMBENT (adjective)
  The adjective INCUMBENT has 3 senses:

1. lying or leaning on something else
2. necessary (for someone) as a duty or responsibility; morally binding
3. currently holding an office

  Familiarity information: INCUMBENT used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INCUMBENT (noun)


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Meaning:

The official who holds an office

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

incumbent; officeholder

Hypernyms ("incumbent" is a kind of...):

functionary; official (a worker who holds or is invested with an office)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "incumbent"):

office-bearer (the person who holds an office)


INCUMBENT (adjective)


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Meaning:

Lying or leaning on something else

Context example:

an incumbent geological formation

Similar:

superjacent (lying immediately above or on something else)

Domain category:

geology (a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks)


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Meaning:

Necessary (for someone) as a duty or responsibility; morally binding

Context example:

it is incumbent on them to pay their own debts

Similar:

necessary (absolutely essential)


Sense 3incumbent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Currently holding an office

Context example:

the incumbent governor

Similar:

current (occurring in or belonging to the present time)


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