The word Incumbent when used as a noun refers to the holder of an office. It can also be used as an adjective and is used for something that is obligatory as a duty or responsibility for someone.
It was first used back in 1375-1425 and has been derived from the Latin word incumbere .
Meanings of Incumbent
1. Someone who is currently holding an official position
2. Something which is necessary as a result of a duty, responsibility, or obligation
3. Lying, leaning, or resting on something else
Master’s Tip to Learn Incumbent
The word Incumbent can be split into ‘Incum + Bent’ and then can be related to the officials who are bent on bringing an income (incum) home as it is necessary to survive, which becomes an obligation for them.
Sentence examples for Incumbent:
1. The incumbent members of Congress will be required to run for their positions again.
2. Tomorrow on TV, voters will be able to see the incumbent and his opponent in a debate.
3. Incumbents often have an advantage in elections.