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Incumbent

In`cum´bent
a.1.
1.Lying; resting; reclining; recumbent; superimposed; superincumbent.
Two incumbent figures, gracefully leaning upon it.
- Sir H. Wotton.
To move the incumbent load they try.
- Addison.
2.Lying, resting, or imposed, as a duty or obligation; obligatory; always with on or upon.
3.(Bot.) 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.(Zool.) Bent downwards so that the ends touch, or rest on, something else; as, the incumbent toe of a bird.
n.1.A person who is in present possession of a benefice or of any office.
The incumbent lieth at the mercy of his patron.
- Swift.
Noun1.incumbent - the official who holds an office
Synonyms: officeholder
Adj.1.incumbent - lying or leaning on something else; "an incumbent geological formation"
2.incumbent - currently holding an office; "the incumbent governor"

INCUMBENT, eccles. law. A clerk resident on his benefice with cure; he is so called because he does, or ought to, bend the whole of his studies to his duties. In common parlance, it signifies one who is in the possession of an office, as, the present incumbent.

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