holding an indicated position, role, office, etc., currently:
the incumbent officers of the club.
obligatory (often followed by on or upon):
a duty incumbent upon me.
Archaic. resting, lying, leaning, or pressing on something:
incumbent upon the cool grass.
the holder of an office:
The incumbent was challenged by a fusion candidate.
British. a person who holds an ecclesiastical benefice.
The anti-incumbent narrative likewise failed last night, as Kentucky Democrat Beshear was easily reelected.
Election Day Backlash John Avlon November 8, 2011
But Perry rushed to her right flank, trying to tie her to Washington in an anti-incumbent year.
Texas Goes Wingnut John Avlon February 28, 2010
It would be quite the irony if the anti-incumbent tide catches the governor in its undertow.
Statehouse Smackdowns Samuel P. Jacobs September 3, 2010
And independents, the most anti-incumbent, are leaning heavily Republican, 53 percent to 33 percent.
Don’t Blow It, GOP! Mark McKinnon October 4, 2010
The anti-incumbent wave in American politics has made looking for votes this fall like looking for water in the Arizona desert.
Meet Obama’s Karl Rove Dayo Olopade May 11, 2010
(formal) often postpositive and foll by on or upon and an infinitive. morally binding or necessary; obligatory: it is incumbent on me to attend
usually postpositive and foll by on. resting or lying (on)
a person who holds an office, esp a clergyman holding a benefice
early 15c., “person holding a church position,” from Medieval Latin incumbentem (nominative incumbens) “holder of a church position,” noun use of present participle of incumbere “to obtain or possess,” from Latin incumbere “recline on,” figuratively “apply oneself to,” from in- “on” (see in- (2)) + -cumbere “lie down,” related to cubare “to lie” (see cubicle). Extended to holders of any office from 1670s.
1560s, in relation to duties or obligations, from Latin incumbentem (nominative incumbens), present participle of incumbere (see incumbent (n.)). The literal, physical sense is rare in English and first attested 1620s.
One who holds a public office. By virtue of their experience in office, their exposure to the public, and their ability to raise campaign funds, incumbents usually have a significant advantage over opponents if they choose to run for reelection.
of, pertaining to, reflective of, or causing : inflationary prices. Historical Examples These bonds represent a convenient method of investment for small savers, and also an anti-inflationary method of refinancing. State of the Union Addresses of Harry S. Truman Harry S. Truman adjective of or relating to measures to counteract or combat inflation adjective of, […]
an act or instance of combining into an whole. an act or instance of a racial, religious, or ethnic group. an act or instance of an organization, place of business, school, etc. Mathematics. the operation of finding the of a function or equation, especially solving a differential equation. behavior, as of an individual, that is […]
a person opposed to or hostile toward intellectuals and the modern academic, artistic, social, religious, and other theories associated with them. a person who believes that intellect and reason are less important than actions and emotions in solving practical problems and understanding reality. of, relating to, or characteristic of anti-intellectuals or their beliefs. Contemporary Examples […]
the policy or doctrine of isolating one’s country from the affairs of other nations by declining to enter into alliances, foreign economic commitments, international agreements, etc., seeking to devote the entire efforts of one’s country to its own advancement and remain at peace by avoiding foreign entanglements and responsibilities. noun a policy of nonparticipation in […]