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 incumbent.

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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