incumbent

[ɪnkˈʌmbənt], [ɪnkˈʌmbənt], [ɪ_n_k_ˈʌ_m_b_ə_n_t]

Antonyms for incumbent:

candidate, campaigner, seeker, unwanted, unnecessary, unneeded, subjacent, dispensable, contender, elective, prospect, optional, inconsequential, nonessential, applier, aspirant, discretionary, applicant, voluntary, chosen, insignificant, unimportant, noncurrent.


Definitions of incumbent:

  1.   Lying; resting; reclining; recumbent; superimposed; superincumbent. – Newage Dictionary DB
  2.   Lying on; resting on, as a duty. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  3.   Lying or resting on; lying on, as a duty; said of the anthers of plants, when so disposed as to lie one over the other; said of the wings of insects, when one laps over the other. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  4.   INCUMBENTLY. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5.   Bent downwards so that the ends touch, or rest on, something else; as, the incumbent toe of a bird. – Newage Dictionary DB
  6.   Lying upon; imposed as a duty; obligatory. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7.   the official who holds an office – Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8.   The holder of an office; a clergyman in possession of a parish. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9.   One who holds an ecclesiastical benefice. ( in England or Ireland). – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10.   Lying upon; bent downwards to lie along a base; cotyledons with hypocotyl applied to the back; hairs or spines applied lengthwise to their base. – A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  11.   Leaning or resting; - said of anthers when lying on the inner side of the filament, or of cotyledons when the radicle lies against the back of one of them. – Newage Dictionary DB
  12.   The person who is in the possession of an office, as of an ecclesiastical benefice. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13.   lying or leaning on something else; " an incumbent geological formation" – Wordnet Dictionary DB
  14.   One who holds an office. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15.   Lying, resting, or imposed, as a duty or obligation; obligatory; always with on or upon. – Newage Dictionary DB
  16.   A person who is in present possession of a benefice or of any office. – Newage Dictionary DB
  17.   Required; obligatory. – The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18.   One who holds a benefice or office. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  19.   ( geology) lying or leaning on something else; " an incumbent geological formation" – Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20.   currently holding an office; " the incumbent governor" – Wordnet Dictionary DB
  21.   Lying or resting on: lying on as a duty: indispensable. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  22.   Resting upon something. – The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23.   The person in present possession of a benefice or of an office. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24.   Lying or resting on, as a duty or obligation; indispensable; in bot, applied to cotyledons with the radicle on their back. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Quotes for incumbent:

  1. It was important for us to be as supportive as our candidates and as our incumbent senators would have us be. – Tom Daschle
  2. I believe it is incumbent upon Congress to act aggressively to ameliorate fear and help our country take the essential steps that will make our communities and lives safer. – Paul Gillmor
  3. When police or prosecutors conceal significant exculpatory or impeaching material, we hold, it is ordinarily incumbent on the state to set the record straight. – Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  4. I am a realist as well as an idealist, and I think that it is incumbent upon those of us in opposition to try to work within what are always arduous circumstances to stretch the limits of the possible. – Todd Gitlin
  5. It is incumbent upon all of us to build communities with the educational opportunities and support systems in place to help our youth become successful adults. – Ruben Hinojosa
  6. It is incumbent upon us to understand our greatness and believe in it so that we do not cheapen and profane ourselves. – Meir Kahane
  7. It is incumbent on us to facilitate the development of a market structure that best assures that these changes benefit the U. S. securities markets as a whole. – Arthur Levitt
  8. It is incumbent upon each of us to improve spending and savings practices to ensure our own individual financial security and preserve the collective economic well -being of our great society. – Ron Lewis
  9. The Internet provides the access to resources, so it's incumbent upon the people who control those resources to make sure that the economic engine stays intact. – Michael Nesmith
  10. The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence. – Robert Peel
  11. But I want to just caution, it is not incumbent on the United States to prove that Saddam Hussein is trying to acquire weapons of mass destruction. He's already demonstrated that he's trying to acquire weapons of mass destruction. – Condoleezza Rice
  12. The first tenet is that you should report corruption regardless of loyalty to incumbent or party. – Linda Tripp
  13. The great and important duty which is incumbent on Christians, is to guard against all appearance of evil; to watch against the first risings in the heart to evil; and to have a guard upon our actions, that they may not be sinful, or so much as seem to be so. – George Whitefield

Usage examples for incumbent:

  1. Anna, dearest, there is no chance of my being in a position to marry for some years yet, and I feel it incumbent upon me ..." ” – From One Generation to Another by Henry Seton Merriman
  2. It is incumbent on an actor, as is well known, and on a public speaker, to a less extent, to make a careful study of gesture- a study which must principally consist in the observation and imitation of others, for the matter cannot very well be based on abstract rules; with the exception of some quite general leading principles- as, for instance, that the gesture must not follow the word, but rather immediately precede it, in order to announce it and thereby rouse attention. ” – Essays of Schopenhauer by Arthur Schopenhauer
  3. Therefore it is incumbent on all States to look well to it that their representative systems really secure the political equality they all profess to give, for until that is done democracy has had no fair trial. ” – An Autobiography by Catherine Helen Spence
  4. It is thus incumbent on every one to choose the subject of his labours with the greatest care, instead of leaving it to be determined by pure chance. ” – Introduction to the Study of History by Charles V. Langlois Charles Seignobos
  5. The mode of communication I must leave to your discretion; and shall only add that, although from a combination of circumstances, ill- nature, and mistaken friendship, the sentence is in itself terrible, yet it is incumbent on me to assure you that, from the same combination of circumstances, everybody who attended the trial is perfectly satisfied in his own mind that he was hardly guilty in appearance, in intention he was perfectly innocent. ” – The Eventful History Of The Mutiny And Piratical Seizure Of H.M.S. Bounty: Its Cause And Consequences by Sir John Barrow
  6. But there is a necessity incumbent on such as oppose the establish'd Government, to make up with diligence, what they want in the justice of their undertaking. ” – His Majesties Declaration Defended by John Dryden
  7. One day, he was passing a church that had hitherto been always closed, its incumbent being one of those who had fled at the outbreak of the Plague. ” – When London Burned by G. A. Henty
  8. “ " I will," said Phronsie, feeling quite relieved that it wasn't really incumbent on her to ask for explanations. ” – Five Little Peppers at School by Margaret Sidney
  9. It wasn't the first time that he had lost the front- porch privilege, and in the past he had won it back again by keeping under cover and giving the incumbent a chance to become tiresome. ” – Fore! by Charles Emmett Van Loan
  10. Defense and protection of wife, children, and all within his household are incumbent on any one worthy to be called a man. ” – Witchcraft of New England Explained by Modern Spiritualism by Allen Putnam
  11. “ For many months her friends had seen the end approaching, and very likely she herself had understood that " the task was great, the day short, and it was not incumbent upon her to complete the work." ” – Miss Ellis's Mission by Mary P. Wells Smith
  12. If any quite honorable Public position was devoid of an incumbent or if important literary public service was needed, who was more competent to fill the one, or to the performance of the other, than himself? ” – Witchcraft of New England Explained by Modern Spiritualism by Allen Putnam
  13. It is incumbent on every one to restrain the pursuit of his personal objects within the limits consistent with the essential interests of others. ” – Auguste Comte and Positivism by John-Stuart Mill
  14. Was it not incumbent on him to make her understand why he threw from him such golden hopes? ” – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
  15. Was it absolutely incumbent on him to refer again to the incidents of last night? ” – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  16. What is incumbent on the assertors of the Fourth Week of October system to prove is not whether their then expected Constitution was likely to be stable or transitory, but whether it promised to this country and its allies, and to the peace and settlement of all Europe, more good- will or more good faith than any of the experiments which have gone before it. ” – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VI. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  17. “ I am now in deacon's orders, and I am the incumbent of a little tin mission church in Hoxton. ” – The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne by William J. Locke
  18. But grant that the sort of recognition we gave of the right of the citizen to be guaranteed a subsistence was a mockery more brutal than its total denial would have been, and that a far larger interpretation of its duty in this respect was incumbent on the state, yet how does it logically follow that society is bound to guarantee or the citizen to demand an absolute economic equality? ” – Equality by Edward Bellamy
  19. Nevertheless it is incumbent upon me, as your nearest blood relative, to see after you, now that you are alone again, and to take care, as far as I can, that you do not lapse lower. ” – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  20. “ I have told you that my stay here was contingent on events which I could not control; that at any moment I might consider it incumbent upon me to go away into the world; therefore, I could bind myself by no compact to remain permanently in the 'Anchorage'. ” – At the Mercy of Tiberius by August Evans Wilson

Idioms for incumbent:

  • incumbent ( upon sm) to do ( sth);
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