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as in:  the incumbent governor

She had to defeat an incumbent governor to win.
  the person who currently holds an official position
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incumbent incumbents incumbency
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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
  • 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.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • When Faye came down from Sacramento and opened her house there was a flurry of animosity from the two incumbents.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden

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  • But incumbents generally have the upper hand, so no worries.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • The whole were grouped in a manner that aped the streets of a city, and were evidently so arranged by the directions of one who looked to the wants of posterity rather than to the convenience of the present incumbents.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • Incumbents and front-runners obviously have more cash, but they only spend a lot of it when they stand a legitimate chance of losing; otherwise, why dip into a war chest that might be more useful later on, when a more formidable opponent appears?
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • ) So front-runners and incumbents raise a lot more money than long shots.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Then, when once an incumbent of this post, he would marry Mademoiselle de Montalais.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  Ten Years Later
  • As incumbent of that office, he stumbled up-stairs late at night, as his father had done before him.
    Crane, Stephen  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
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Associated words [difficulty]:   incumbent [6]
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