incumbent (up)on (someone)

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incumbent (up)on (someone)

Imposed or expected as an obligation, duty, or requirement on someone. As the wealthier citizens of the country, it's my firm belief that it is incumbent upon us to contribute toward the welfare of those who are less fortunate. He felt it was incumbent on him to take over the responsibilities of his father's business.
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References in classic literature ?
Of course, while we drank our beer, which I had paid for, it was incumbent on him to listen to me and to talk to me.
and he felt it incumbent on him, as a king and an ally, to confer on state affairs with Alexander's envoy.
Jones had never less inclination to an amour than at present; but gallantry to the ladies was among his principles of honour; and he held it as much incumbent on him to accept a challenge to love, as if it had been a challenge to fight.
Heyward felt it had now become incumbent on him to act.
There was a moment's pause, and then Archer felt it incumbent on him to say: "All right.
That every man felt his condition to be, somehow or other, worse than it might be; that every man considered it incumbent on him to join the rest, towards the making of it better; that every man felt his only hope to be in his allying himself to the comrades by whom he was surrounded; and that in this belief, right or wrong (unhappily wrong then), the whole of that crowd were gravely, deeply, faithfully in earnest; must have been as plain to any one who chose to see what was there, as the bare beams of the roof and the whitened brick walls.
Lorry felt it incumbent on him to speak a word or two of reassurance.