incumbent (on/upon)


1. the duty or obligation of someone to do something






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it is incumbent upon a teacher to set a good example for his/her students

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The adjective incumbent describes a responsibility or obligation someone has or an action which is necessary to take. A person described as an incumbent is someone official who holds a particular position or office. As a noun and incumbent is the holder of a post or position. This word is usually used in more formal contexts.

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  1. It should be incumbent upon the government to take care of its most vulnerable citizens.
  2. The incumbent Mayor is resigning on health grounds.

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  1. As a publicly listed company, it is incumbent on us to do all we can to generate profit for our shareholders.
  2. I believe it is incumbent upon all teachers at the school to set a good example for the students.

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