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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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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References in classic literature ?
Also, if he thinks it incumbent upon him to be fanciful, original, and out of the way, his fancy always assumes a foolish, unnatural vein, for the reason that it is compounded of trite, hackneyed forms.
The Hermit replies, by once more insisting on the duties incumbent upon him as a churchman, and continues to affirm himself free from all such breaches of order:
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.
Clair, coming upon this scene of devastation and feeling that it was a personal assault, felt that it was incumbent upon him to marshal his forces in order to put down this act of rebellion.
Park, Del Global's CEO, may be feeling from disgruntled stockholders, it is incumbent upon him to get his facts straight when communicating with them.