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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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incumbent on

Also, incumbent upon. Imposed as an obligation or duty on, obligatory for. For example, He felt it was incumbent on us all to help the homeless. [Mid-1500s]
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He said: "If Mr Hewlett is to be eliminated from the Madeleine investigation it is incumbent upon him to speak to the former detectives helping Kate and Gerry."
The credit union believes that its success is incumbent upon their long-term employees and their dedication to the credit union and the members that serve in the community.
"In order to fully represent one of the oldest industries in the world, it is incumbent upon NSSF to utilize new communications tools.
=93In this hall, all member states swore =91never again.=92 It is therefore incumbent upon us not merely to condemn such statements, but to act immediately and with resolve against a member state whose leaders declare such despicable and dangerous words.
"We have been the keepers of our history for over a century and found it incumbent upon us to dedicate our resources to reflecting this defining moment in the lives of African Americans and our nation," Robert Bogle, president and CEO, said in a statement.
Major manufacturers BMW, Mercedes, Honda and Toyota have already voiced their outrage, while the likes of Sir Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda and Jody Scheckter have also demanded he go and Lewis Hamilton remarked that it was incumbent upon senior figures to "maintain the highest standards of conduct."
The Commission has not adequately shown that this clause limits, due to disregard for the provisions of the directive of 12 June 1989, the responsibility of employers and the obligation incumbent upon them to guarantee the safety and health of workers.
"Many years ago Phil Zimmerman, my mentor from New York, taught me that it is incumbent upon professionals to give back to their profession," Freedman says.
Let me make one thing very clear: I am not seeking to sideswipe Dodge here, but I feel it is incumbent upon me to provide a cautionary public service to those looking to join the E85 revolution: Triple check to make sure you're vehicle can take the fuel.
It is surely incumbent upon any British government to teach British schoolchildren about our heritage.
With policy changes that regulate kinship care and limit reunification timelines, it is incumbent upon child welfare workers and other social workers to gain a better understanding of this disproportionately affected population.
I do feel that it is incumbent upon black Christians to examine whether our voting choices are in keeping with the message of our Lord and Savior who reached out to the poor and outcasts of society.
"We always stress to anybody that before you make any kind of a shot, it's incumbent upon the shooter to assess the situation and make sure it's a safe shot," said Mark Birkhauser, president-elect of the International Hunter Education Association and hunter education co-ordinator in New Mexico.
However, competition is incumbent upon a practice with which all athletes are familiar: sportsmanship.
It is incumbent upon all individuals charged with the responsibility of rearing young people to help them develop a positive and healthy self-image.