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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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He said that clergy didn't want to be employees so the church kept them as office-holders.
EPSOM mayor Brian Angus made history as the first office-holder to appear in the saddle at the Horseman's Sunday celebrations on the Downs last weekend, but there's no chance he will be taking the experience on to the course itself.
The third office-holder to retire, father-of-four Gordon Saye, retires as deacon after almost 33 years in the church.
They assume that you can pick out the budding professional office-holder by the artfully groomed hair and smile, by the carefully chosen pleasantries and by the well-planned career.
Because they were appointed by the Lord Advocate, a political office-holder, their independence and impartiality could be questioned.
Each chapter describe the means of coming to office and the role of the office, provide general information on such topics as military service, nationalities and religious affiliations, and present brief biographies for each office-holder, including birth and death dates, state of residence, political affiliation, periods of public service, and familial relationships to other American political figures.
A messianic militarist, under our constitutional structure, is an unstable office-holder.
To her credit, no city commissioners were on the list of those involved in the event to raise money for her office-holder account.
If the idea of a community governed by its own citizens is coming up to a vote, why mention at every opportunity that only one candidate is already an office-holder.
The Presidential election could be brought forward, and The Constitution provides that a Presidential commission acts in the absence of the office-holder.
The only current office-holder among them is Democrat Brad Sherman, a member of the tax-collecting state Board of Equalization, who is leading the pack in fund raising.
The analysis reveals all his past positions and conflicts with other SDSM office-holders including Radmila Sekerinska who wanted him out of the Government at the time he served as chairman of the second-instance public procurement commission.