1 [predicative] (incumbent on/upon) Necessary for (someone) as a duty or responsibility: it is incumbent on all decent people to concentrate on destroying this evil
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- The former is a duty incumbent upon all Muslims, the latter a duty incumbent upon the ‘Islamic state’.
- It's incumbent upon everybody to take responsibility about what is happening in our country.
- The acquisition of knowledge is a duty incumbent on every Muslim, male and female.
necessary for one to, essential that, required that, imperative that;
compulsory for one to, binding on one to, mandatory that
2 [attributive] (Of an official or regime) currently holding office: the incumbent president had been defeated
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- A change in anyone's government gets far more attention than an election that returns the incumbent government to office.
- The GNP is standing at the crossroads, facing a road to a permanent opposition party or being reborn as the main pillar to support national politics as the alternative force of the incumbent regime.
- Instead of highlighting the brutality sustaining the incumbent regimes in power, these analysts blame the victims.
1The holder of an office or post.
- Voters may look back on an incumbent's performance in office, and cast a retrospective vote, or may compare what the candidates promise to do if elected to office, and vote prospectively.
- In terms of incumbents losing office in Australia, this is the lowest vote that we've ever heard of in any public election for anything.
- One is, we're asking incumbents to vote to change a system that keeps incumbents in office.
1.1 Christian Church The holder of an ecclesiastical benefice.
- The monk or nun incumbents will probably engage in daily devotions and practices, as well as giving teachings, blessings and ceremonies for the laity.
- A provost is the head of the cathedral chapter in a number of the Church of England's more recently created dioceses in which the cathedral is also a parish church and the provost is the incumbent.
- He visited the eclectic congregation systematically and, with the support of the incumbent, initiated weekly Bible studies, men's meetings and other teaching activities.
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