from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or condition of being incumbent.
  • n. Something incumbent; an obligation.
  • n. The holding of an office or ecclesiastical benefice.
  • n. The term of an office or benefice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being incumbent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being incumbent; a lying or resting on something.
  • n. That which is physically incumbent; that which lies as a burden; a weight.
  • n. That which is morally incumbent, or is imposed, as a rule, a duty, obligation, or responsibility.
  • n. The state of holding a benefice; the full possession and exercise of any office.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being incumbent; a lying or resting on something: as, the incumbency of a burden.
  • n. That which is incumbent; a superincumbent weight, physical, mental, or moral; hence, a grave duty, responsibility, or obligation.
  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a duty that is incumbent upon you
  • n. the office of an incumbent
  • n. the term during which some position is held


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