- dependence on chance or on the fulfillment of a condition; uncertainty; fortuitousness: Nothing was left to contingency.
- a contingent event; a chance, accident, or possibility conditional on something uncertain: He was prepared for every contingency.
- something incidental to a thing.
Origin of contingency
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Examples from the Web for contingencies
Here, as elsewhere, Berg focuses tightly on contingencies but underrates the contexts which give them meaning.A Noble Failure: Woodrow Wilson’s Presidency Considered
September 8, 2013
Well, I suppose they have to make plans for all contingencies.Queen's Speech In Event of Nuclear War Revealed
August 1, 2013
Yet it is one of the contingencies that needs to be strongly considered, if it is plausible at all.What To Do In Syria
June 28, 2013
These books follow the war in all its uncertainties and accidents and contingencies.The Hinge of War: Michael Gorra on the Civil War’s Turning Point
May 13, 2013
It is natural to assume that only military people fully understand the contingencies.How and Why the "Nuclear Umbrella" Argument Falls Apart
August 20, 2012
These were the only contingencies that his inexperience could imagine.The Fiery Totem
There were a number of contingencies, too, attached to almost every name.That Boy Of Norcott's
Charles James Lever
The border people desired them for family vendettas and contingencies.Soldiers Three, Part II.
The salaries and contingencies of the Legislature amounted to £3,077.
I had about ten dollars on hand, which would be a sufficient margin for contingencies.Seek and Find
- a possible but not very likely future event or condition; eventuality
- (as modifier)a contingency plan
- something dependent on a possible future event
- a fact, event, etc, incidental to or dependent on something else
- (in systemic grammar)
- modification of the meaning of a main clause by use of a bound clause introduced by a binder such as if, when, though, or sinceCompare adding (def. 3)
- (as modifier)a contingency clause
- the state of being contingent
- a contingent statement
- dependence on chance; uncertainty
- the degree of association between theoretical and observed common frequencies of two graded or classified variables. It is measured by the chi-square test
- (as modifier)a contingency table; the contingency coefficient
Word Origin and History for contingencies
"unexpected additional expenses," 1660s, from contingency.