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English definition of “incumbent”

incumbent

adjective     /ɪnˈkʌmbənt/ formal
[before noun] POLITICS holding a particular elected position at the present time: the incumbent mayor/president/vice-president
it is incumbent on sb to do sth someone has a duty or responsibility to do something: "I think it is incumbent on us to provide a good environment for business," he said.
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