Meaning of incumbent

in•cum•bent

Pronunciation: (in-kum'bunt), [key]
— adj.
  1. holding an indicated position, role, office, etc., currently: the incumbent officers of the club.
  2. obligatory (often fol. by on or upon): a duty incumbent upon me.
  3. resting, lying, leaning, or pressing on something: incumbent upon the cool grass.
—n.
  1. the holder of an office: The incumbent was challenged by a fusion candidate.
  2. a person who holds an ecclesiastical benefice.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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