incumbent symptoms


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'You may experience trauma’s incumbent symptoms: constant and intrusive thoughts about the affair, inability to experience the emotions you normally experience, or hyperarousal and supervigilance, such as scrutinizing your partner for further evidence of affairs.' A. Christensen 'REconcilable differences'

Although I have looked 'incumbent' up in a dictionary (1. currently holding an indicated office 2. obligatory 3. resting, lying, or pressing on something) I still can't understand its use altogether with 'symptoms'. Perhaps someone can help.
  • e2efour

    Senior Member
    UK English
    Since I am, it seems, not allowed to give the author's publicly available email, I suggest that you look him up on the internet, where you will easily find it. If he writes phrases like the one you quoted, I would say that it is incumbent on him to provide some explanation.
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