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incumbent

a person who holds an office, esp a clergyman holding a benefice

incumbent

[in′kəm·bənt]
(biology)
Lying on or down.
(geology)
Lying above, said of a stratum that is superimposed or overlies another stratum.
(ecology)
Referring to the occupation and utilization of resources to the exclusion of other species.

incumbent

An entity that is currently in power. An "incumbent company" is an organization that has been providing goods and services for some time. In politics, the "incumbent senator" is the person who currently holds that office. See ILEC.
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He said that clergy didn't want to be employees so the church kept them as office-holders.
From perhaps 5,000 in 1515, the ranks of office-holders had expanded to 25,000 by 1610, 46,000 by 1665, and were perhaps 70,000 by the eve of the Revolution.
THREE office-holders at a Cardiff church are retiring after almost 90 years' service between them.
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 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 commissioner, in addition, said that the Federal Government could also save the country from violence associated with election by conducting such referendum in states where such performing office-holders were sighted, including Lagos,
ISLAMABAD -- The Federal Cabinet Wednesday approved revision of basic pay of some public office-holders and members of parliament (MPs) after 13 years.
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.
He added: "Politicians, Government members and Oireachtas office-holders continue to receive salaries many times above the pay of the majority of workers.
Prohibit the national parties and their agents and officers, and federal office-holders, from raising and spending soft money to pay for the party nominating conventions.
Last week, they adopted a law that allows fines up to $5,000 for county office-holders who accept more than $1,000 per donor or any donations from registered lobbyists.
MOST main office-holders on the Labour opposition group on Coventry City Council have retained their positions.