Definition of incumbency in English:

incumbency

nounPlural incumbencies

  • The holding of an office or the period during which one is held.

    ‘during his incumbency he established an epidemic warning system’
    mass noun ‘the advantages of incumbency’
    • ‘So why should a respect for incumbency overwhelm the actual opinions of her constituents?’
    • ‘Labor is just now cranking up its grass roots machine while the local Liberals, despite their incumbency, are little more than a blip on the radar screen.’
    • ‘To minimize the advantages incumbency might otherwise confer on a lucky few, power should be shared as widely as possible consistent with maintaining order.’
    • ‘Their continued incumbency requires the retention of rigorous limits upon the scope of political dialogue and the Internet is a technology well-equipped to undermine those limits.’
    • ‘Look at the number of corporations that have made the CSO job an automatic incumbency for one agency or another.’
    • ‘He was indeed the founding father of the nation and his incumbency took us to a certain point in our history.’
    • ‘Although each election is unique, the incumbency or challenger status of candidates will influence the balance of stories written.’
    • ‘He is famous for rebuking the self-indulgence of the Cluniacs during the incumbency of Peter the Venerable.’
    • ‘We have also said that they have had to be good corporate citizens during their incumbency.’
    • ‘As incumbency becomes a permanent entitlement, fewer challengers bother to run.’
    • ‘Presidential incumbency was used to attract media attention to the presidential candidate.’
    • ‘Although governments with minority support have regularly clung to power through the advantages of incumbency in marginal seats, Australian political scientists have paid little attention to the question of legitimacy.’
    • ‘One of the regrets of my incumbency, probably, should be that I have not given as much comfort and succour as I could have done, to all the local hostelries, taverns, or pubs.’
    • ‘The rest have been gerrymandered into permanent incumbencies.’
    • ‘The unspoken concern here is that incumbents might use the advantages of incumbency to position themselves to win the elections next January.’
    • ‘His chief advantage is his incumbency and its inherent command of the free-media forum that will be pivotal over the next eight weeks.’
    • ‘The simplicity of his message was that for America, under his eight-year incumbency in the White House, ‘what works did work’.’
    • ‘He also said that Air India which was incurring losses for the past five years has started earning profit during his incumbency.’
    • ‘This style served the party badly in the last years of its incumbency and especially in opposition.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the incumbency of Holmes in his cemetery comes as news to Mark, its foreman, who had previously assumed his most famous resident to be the man who invented the steam hammer.’
    residence, residency, habitation, inhabitation, occupancy, tenancy, tenure, lease, living in
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Pronunciation

incumbency

/ɪnˈkʌmb(ə)nsi/