incumbent incumbent  /ɪn ˈkəm bənt/


  1. (n) the official who holds an office
  2. (adj) lying or leaning on something else
  3. (adj) necessary (for someone) as a duty or responsibility; morally binding
  4. (adj) currently holding an office


  1. Republican incumbent Deborah Pryce faces an uphill battle in her bellwether midwestern district, a clear sign that this is a very different kind of midterm election.
  2. In Kentucky and Virginia, both red state redoubts, incumbent Republicans held off tough challenges.
  3. State Senator Jon Tester was ahead, but just barely, of incumbent Republican Conrad Burns in Montana.


  1. Five elected to Bethany's council includes newcomer

    BETHANY - Four incumbent Bethany Council members will be joined by one new member following the town's election Tuesda.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Weirton Daily Times

  2. LAWRENCE: Five vie for 4 seats on school board

    Two incumbent school board members and three newcomers will be vying to fill four seats on the Lawrence Township Board of Education in the Nov. 5 general election — the first year that voters will choose school board members in November.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Lawrence Ledger

  3. Introductory statements from a Lynnwood Council incumbent and two challengers

    Appointed incumbent Lynnwood City Councilman M. Christopher Boyer faces two challengers in the Aug. 6 primary -- James Robert Deal and Michael Moore....
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Everett Herald


  1. "It's incumbent on both parties to build an atmosphere of support for negotiations, and not to complicate them," Biden said, standing alongside Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
    on Mar 9, 2010 By: Joe Biden Source: ABC News

  2. "Of course, Saddam Hussein ought to have been hanged for destroying several Shiite villages," Putin said in Moscow. "And the incumbent Georgian leaders who razed ten Ossetian villages at once, who ran elderly people and children with tanks,...
    on Aug 11, 2008 By: Vladimir Putin Source: USA Today

  3. It is "incumbent upon Sergeant Crowley and me to utilize the great opportunity that fate has given us to foster greater sympathy among the American public for the daily perils of policing on the one hand, and for the genuine fears of racial...
    on Jul 31, 2009 By: Henry Louis Gates Source: Washington Post

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