Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

incumbent (on/upon)

incumbent onincumbent 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
  • Analysis

    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.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    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.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    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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