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  • adj. morally binding or necessary


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  • "Wine?" asked Walsingham, in a manner that made it incumbent on Phelippes to refuse.

    Mary Queen Of Scotland And The Isles

  • As Mr. Dryden must undoubtedly have yielded to Pope in satyric writing, it is incumbent on the partizans of Dryden to name another species of composition, in which the former excells so as to throw the ballance again upon the side of Dryden.

    The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland

  • But of the laws of this period we have a tolerable collection by Lambard and Wilkins, probably not perfect, but neither very defective; and if any one chooses to build a doctrine on any law of that period, supposed to have been lost, it is incumbent on him to prove it to have existed, and what were its contents.


  • But towards the close, the raps became so sharp and frequent, and his voice so quarrelsome, that Vixen felt it incumbent on her to jump out of the hamper and bark vaguely.

    Adam Bede

  • Mrs. Irwine and her daughters were waiting at the churchyard gates in their carriage (for they had a carriage now) to shake hands with the bride and bridegroom and wish them well; and in the absence of Miss Lydia Donnithorne at Bath, Mrs. Best, Mr. Mills, and Mr. Craig had felt it incumbent on them to represent

    Adam Bede

  • The novel-writer who sticks to novel-writing as his profession will certainly find that this burden of length is incumbent on him.

    Autobiography of Anthony Trollope

  • Laveneur, recollecting that the circumstance had happened in the absence of Custine, thought it incumbent on him to take the blame, if there were any, on himself, and wrote to Paris to explain the matter as it really stood; but his candour, without availing Custine, drew persecution on himself, and the only notice taken of his letter was an order to arrest him.

    A Residence in France During the Years 1792 1793 1794 and 1795

  • The Earl probably would be of a different opinion, and the doctor felt it to be incumbent on him to break the news to Lord Tulla.

    Phineas Finn

  • I do not think it is incumbent on me at present to name periodicals in which this work is well done, and to make complaints of others by which it is scamped.

    Autobiography of Anthony Trollope

  • On a Class IVb world, he knew, it was as incumbent on him to stay out of view and not reveal himself to the locals as it was for the Teacher.

    Running from the Deity


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