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An individual who is in current possession of a particular office and who is legally authorized to discharge the duties of that office.


noun bureaucrat, commissioner, functionary, holder of an office, job holder, minister, occupant of an office, officebearer, officeholder, officer, official, person in authority
Associated concepts: de facto incumbent, incumbent officer
See also: binding, forcible, necessary

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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