[kuh n-tin-juh ns]


contact or tangency.

Origin of contingence

First recorded in 1520–30; conting(ent) + -ence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for contingence



the state of touching or being in contact
another word for contingency
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Word Origin and History for contingence

early 16c., from Medieval Latin *contingentia, from contingent- present participle stem of contingere "to touch" (see contact (n.)).

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