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Definition of Incumbent

Incumbent

  1. Lying; resting; reclining; recumbent; superimposed; superincumbent.
  2. Lying, resting, or imposed, as a duty or obligation; obligatory; always with on or upon.
  3. Leaning or resting; -- said of anthers when lying on the inner side of the filament, or of cotyledons when the radicle lies against the back of one of them.
  4. Bent downwards so that the ends touch, or rest on, something else; as, the incumbent toe of a bird.
  5. A person who is in present possession of a benefice or of any office.

Incumbent Quotations

The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
Robert Peel

Child abuse is a heinous and personally damaging crime; it is therefore incumbent on the Church to treat such matters with the utmost seriousness.
John Sentamu

Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know my self, to know it completely, to know its minutiae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and its very atoms.
Khalil Gibran

At a time when science plays such a powerful role in the life of society, when the destiny of the whole of mankind may hinge on the results of scientific research, it is incumbent on all scientists to be fully conscious of that role, and conduct themselves accordingly.
Joseph Rotblat

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
Thomas Jefferson
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Incumbent Translations

incumbent in German is obliegend, Amtsinhaber {m}
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