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incumbent

a person who holds an office, esp a clergyman holding a benefice
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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.
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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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Analysts had widely predicted that Zenawi would triumph in the polls, with some reports suggesting that opposition groups did not believe they had any chance of beating the incumbant coalition.
His only real bid for the presidency came in the 1980 race, when he took on incumbant Jimmy Carter for the nomination but lost.
England have changed their starting fly-half seven times and used five different players in 10 Test matches, dating back to when Jonny Wilkinson was the incumbant during the 2008 RBS 6 Nations.
The Birmingham Mail caught up with Lonza on Tuesday at one of his final civic duties - the launch of the city's annual pancake races - to learn what will be expected of the incumbant and to give the role of town crier a go.
England's incumbant fly-half Andy Goode is the only member of the starting XV beaten by Wales last weekend to return to his club.
In Pennsylvania, another crucial swing state, we look at the re-election campaign of freshman incumbant Jason Altmire (D), who for the second consecutive election is facing off against Melissa Hart, the former Republican occupant of the seat.
Even if it is difficult to defeat a judicial incumbant, one could argue that the problem lies more with a system that allows lawyers to make contributions to the judges before whom they must appear in their legal practice.