from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The quality or condition of being incumbent.
- noun Something incumbent; an obligation.
- noun The holding of an office or ecclesiastical benefice.
- noun The term of an office or benefice.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The state of being incumbent; a lying or resting on something: as, the incumbency of a burden.
- noun That which is incumbent; a superincumbent weight, physical, mental, or moral; hence, a grave duty, responsibility, or obligation.
- noun The state of being an incumbent or holder of an office; the discharge of official or stated functions of any kind, especially of ecclesiastical functions; specifically, the state of holding or being in possession of a church benefice.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The state of being incumbent; a lying or resting on something.
- noun That which is physically incumbent; that which lies as a burden; a weight.
- noun That which is morally incumbent, or is imposed, as a rule, a duty, obligation, or responsibility.
- noun The state of holding a benefice; the full possession and exercise of any office.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun The state of being
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a duty that is incumbent upon you
- noun the office of an incumbent
- noun the term during which some position is held
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Genesis Photos for The Wall Street Journal Vinod Khosla, Managing Partner, Khosla Ventures This is one of my big beefs with the way we think about capitalism in this country: We fundamentally support what I call incumbency capitalism.
And what moral, legal, or other incumbency is there that dictates Israel build housing in West Jerusalem for Arabs?
In the United States in general, according to Khosla, "we do not support innovation capitalism," preferring instead to support established corporations through what he termed "incumbency capitalism."
I think the base of each party can effectively challenge a deviant incumbent, or make a credible threat to throw him out in order to discipline his behavior, not only in the first couple of terms when incumbency is weaker but where the party enjoys a significant advantage qua party.
But there's great power in incumbency, especially over federal purse strings.
I know open races are generally considered tossups, but in this environment, I think incumbency is a drag regardless of party.
The power of incumbency is too strong to break through.
The advantage of incumbency is the most significant factor in re-election for house members.
OK, there is a decline in incumbency, but its negligible — point remains there are clearly other forces at work.
Three term incumbency, high profile ranking in the Democratic party, the cloak of the Democratic party itself.