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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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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 incumbent upon this group to realize that the limited resources and infrastructure that serve the city and the world are significantly distressed and that the gap between demand and capacity will only widen as development moves forward.
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.
That's why it's incumbent upon the community to continue to push its interests to an often uninterested city at large.
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.
However, competition is incumbent upon a practice with which all athletes are familiar: sportsmanship.
Furthermore, it is incumbent upon the taxpayer to show that the worthless security lacks "future value.
Our point in the article, as well as now, is that it is incumbent upon each investigator to accept, to study, and where possible, to understand the extent, nature, and origins of variability (within and between experiments) of the critical assay parameter.
It is incumbent upon all who value the church-state wall and true religious liberty to make certain that never happens.
It's incumbent upon communicators to strategically engage those audiences in two-way conversation in order to exert the same influence we once wielded with one-way communication tools.
It is incumbent upon the savvy broker to anticipate the needs of the risk-management professional and provide the resources, tools and relationship for success.
It is, rather, incumbent upon the profession to rid the "free lunch" concept from our culture.
If the free market ain't working to end poverty the way its cheerleaders say it should, it's incumbent upon us to try and figure out why, where, and how the market is failing--while doing our best for the people it is failing the most.
With the League's time honored history of building participatory democracy we believe it is incumbent upon "all citizens, from school curriculum developers to journalists of every discipline, to party, elites at the state and national levels, to election administrators, to elected representatives and to the average voter to help us build a strong and vibrant democracy.