V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


adjective, noun

Definition: (adj.) 1. currently holding a position or office; 2. necessary as a result of a duty, responsibility, or obligation; (n.) the person holding the position or office

Synonyms: (adj.) in office, elected, inaugurated, acting, official, obligatory, requisite, required, binding, urgent, compelling

Antonyms: (adj.) discretionary, nonobligatory

Tips: Incumbent is used in two ways: to discuss the holding of an office or position (as in politics) or to denote obligation. Use incumbent as an easier and more sophisticated way of saying "obligatory." You will often hear incumbent used in the phrase "it is incumbent upon someone to do something."

Usage Examples:

It is incumbent on parents to teach their children the difference between right and wrong. (obligatory) adjective

It is incumbent upon the corporation to take action against new market competitors. (obligatory, urgent) adjective

The incumbent will need to fight a strong battle against her opponent in order to stay in office. (official in office) noun

It was incumbent on the ambassador to learn the culture of the county in which she would be practicing diplomacy. (obligatory, requisite) adjective

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