Incumbency

Incumbency

Origin: From incumbent.

1. The state of being incumbent; a lying or resting on something.

2. That which is physically incumbent; that which lies as a burden; a weight.

3. That which is morally incumbent, or is imposed, as a rule, a duty, obligation, or responsibility. The incumbencies of a family.

4. The state of holding a benefice; the full possession and exercise of any office. These fines are only to be paid to the bishop during his incumbency. (Swift)

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