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incumbent
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The Scarlet Letter
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as in: the incumbent governor Define
the person who currently holds an official position
  • Much and deservedly to my own discredit, therefore, and considerably to the detriment of my official conscience, they continued, during my incumbency, to creep about the wharves, and loiter up and down the Custom-House steps.

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  • She had to defeat an incumbent governor to win.
  • [Capitalism] easily degenerates into a system of the incumbents, by the incumbents for the incumbents.
    Raghuram G. Rajan & Luigi Zingales  --  Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists

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unspecified meaning
  • It is essential, in order to form a complete estimate of the advantages of official life, to view the incumbent at the in-coming of a hostile administration.

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as in: the incumbent governor Define
the person who currently holds an official position
as in: incumbent upon her to Define
necessary (for someone) as a duty or responsibility
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