contingency

[ kuhn-tin-juhn-see ]
/ kənˈtɪn dʒən si /

noun, plural con·tin·gen·cies.

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.

Nearby words

  1. continentality,
  2. continentalize,
  3. continently,
  4. continents,
  5. contingence,
  6. contingency fund,
  7. contingency plan,
  8. contingency reserve,
  9. contingency table,
  10. contingency tax

Origin of contingency

First recorded in 1555–65; conting(ent) + -ency

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British Dictionary definitions for contingencies

contingency

/ (kənˈtɪndʒənsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

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