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Dictionary Definition

contingent adj
1 possible but not certain to occur; "they had to plan for contingent expenses"
2 determined by conditions or circumstances not yet established; "arms sales contingent on the approval of congress" [syn: contingent on(p), dependent on(p), dependant on(p), depending on(p)]
3 uncertain because of uncontrollable circumstances; "the results of confession were not contingent, they were certain"- George Eliot


1 a gathering of persons representative of some larger group; "each nation sent a contingent of athletes to the Olympics"
2 a temporary military unit; "the peace-keeping force includes one British contingent" [syn: detail]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. An event which may or may not happen; that which is unforeseen, undetermined, or dependent on something future; a contingency.
  2. That which falls to one in a division or apportionment among a number; a suitable share; proportion;
  3. (military) a quota of troops.


that which falls to one in a division or apportionment among a number


  1. Possible or liable, but not certain to occur; incidental; casual.
  2. (with upon) Dependent on something that is undetermined or unknown.
    The success of his undertaking is contingent upon events which he can not control.
  3. Dependent on something that may or may not occur.
    a contingent estate
  4. Not logically necessarily true or false.


possible, liable, incidental, casual
dependent on something unknown
dependent on something that may or may not occur

Extensive Definition

Contingency may refer to:
contingent in German: Kontingenz (Philosophie)
contingent in Spanish: Contingencia
contingent in French: Contingent
contingent in Ido: Kontingenteso
contingent in Japanese: 偶然
contingent in Luxembourgish: Kontingenz
contingent in Dutch: Contingentie
contingent in Portuguese: Contingência

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