I'm looking for an adjective for an elected but not yet in charge person. I remember that there was a synonym for "soon to be" and "President-elect" but that's not the word I'm looking for. As far as I remember it started with in[...] and it could be used with ... president. I already did an extensive Google search and also here on StackExchange, but I can't find the appropriate word.

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    You're not looking for "incumbent" are you? That means "current" rather than "elected but not yet started".
    – AndyT
    Commented Jun 24, 2019 at 15:09
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    Does in waiting meet your requirements? Commented Jun 24, 2019 at 20:25
  • It would be the opposite of "incumbent" I guess. It's basically a president which is already elected but not yet incumbent. I read the word in an article back then when Obama was elected. I thought it sounded similar like incumbent and had at most 2 more syllables. It's sadly not in waiting, it was a single word.
    – rarspace01
    Commented Jun 25, 2019 at 11:57

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elect (as an adjective)

1.2 postpositive Chosen for a position but not yet in office. ‘The President-Elect’. ‘The special guest of honour for the evening was Patricia Metham, principal elect.’


The word I was looking for was designate (Cambridge Dictionary), the in... was a mislead, sorry.

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    There is also the adjectival form of the word designate which is pronounced with the emphasis on the first syllable in contrast to the verb which is usually pronounced with the emphasis more on the third syllable. This is placed after the title giving forms like "President designate" which is similar in meaning to "President elect"
    – BoldBen
    Commented Jun 25, 2019 at 12:55

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