noun, plural con·tin·gen·cies.
SYNONYMS FOR contingency
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|Michael Kazin|September 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Well, I suppose they have to make plans for all contingencies.
Yet it is one of the contingencies that needs to be strongly considered, if it is plausible at all.
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|Michael Gorra|May 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It is natural to assume that only military people fully understand the contingencies.How and Why the "Nuclear Umbrella" Argument Falls Apart|Bernard Avishai|August 20, 2012|DAILY BEAST
We cannot trust anything to the contingencies of future legislation.The Great Conspiracy, Part 4|John Alexander Logan
But in any case, there is no denying the many difficulties of this enterprise, no answering for all future contingencies.Travels in the Steppes of the Caspian Sea, the Crimea, the Caucasus, &c.|Xavier Hommaire de Hell
On the probable, or possible, contingencies Dick Darke does not stand long reflecting.The Death Shot|Mayne Reid
Well, M. Dupont must have one daughter to represent each of these contingencies.Play-Making|William Archer
The works at Morden Wharf had to be to a very large extent remodelled to meet these contingencies.The Atlantic Telegraph|William Howard Russell
British Dictionary definitions for contingencies
noun plural -cies
- a possible but not very likely future event or condition; eventuality
- (as modifier)a contingency plan
- 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
- 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