incumbent

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Incumbent \In*cum"bent\, noun A person who is in present possession of a benefice or of any office.

The incumbent lieth at the mercy of his patron. --Swift.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Incumbent \In*cum"bent\, adjective [L. incumbens, -entis, p. pr. of incumbere to lie down upon, press upon; pref. in- in, on + cumbere (in comp.); akin to cubare to lie down. See {Incubate}.]

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.

All men, truly zealous, will perform those good works that are incumbent on all Christians. --Sprat.

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. --Gray.

4. (Zool.) Bent downwards so that the ends touch, or rest on, something else; as, the incumbent toe of a bird.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

incumbent

adjective

1: lying or leaning on something else; "an incumbent geological formation"

2: necessary (for someone) as a duty or responsibility; morally binding; "it is incumbent on them to pay their own debts"

3: currently holding an office; "the incumbent governor"

noun

1: the official who holds an office [syn: {incumbent}, {officeholder}]

1. Caduceus  2. Golden Key  3. Scales of Justice (Or maybe, 1. HEALTH 2. SECURITY 3. JUSTICE?)

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