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.
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How to use contingency in a sentence
In general, brand and media spend is going through serious schedule shifting and contingency planning.‘Now is time to come up with pivot plans:’ e-commerce is driving media spending over the holidays | Seb Joseph | October 5, 2020 | Digiday
It’s not clear yet whether any of those arguments will be delayed because of Ginsburg’s death, though in the past the court has been able to continue with at least six judges and contingencies for ties.Five issues the Supreme Court will be deciding on this term | Alexandra Ossola | September 21, 2020 | Quartz
Bent Flyvbjerg, an economist at Oxford’s Saïd Business School and leader of the research, accused the IOC of being “either deluded, or deliberately overlooking uncomfortable facts” when it sets contingency levels for the games.
Some advertisers are going as far as to put contingency clauses in their contracts with influencers to guarantee that their TikTok campaigns will run on Instagram in the absence of the video-sharing app.‘There’s been no emails or interest’: As the drama over TikTok intensifies, advertiser interest cools | Seb Joseph | August 6, 2020 | Digiday
We had contingency plans about how to manage if X percent of staff were ill, now that feels naive.How BBC Global News has adapted to remote reporting | Lucinda Southern | June 4, 2020 | Digiday
The bill also provided $64 billion in war funding through the Overseas contingency Operations account.
We, on the other hand, on the police side, will naturally gear up to deal with any potential contingency that might occur.After No Indictment for Eric Garner Killer, Is NYC the Next Ferguson? | Jacob Siegel | December 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
All the money would be classified as war funding in the overseas contingency operations part of the defense budget.Obama Wants a Blank Check to Fight ISIS—and Congress Is Ready to Give It to Him | Josh Rogin, Tim Mak | September 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Turkey has cooperated at times with Israel and the West on contingency planning for Syria during its civil war.Israel Bombs Gaza While Hamas’ Kidnapping Mastermind Sits in Turkey | Eli Lake | July 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He arrived in L.A. with nowhere to go, no job, no money, and no contingency.From Homeless to HBO, ‘The Leftovers’ Star Chris Zylka’s Crazy Hollywood Story | Kevin Fallon | June 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The painful contingency of continued bad seasons has thus, in some measure, been provided against.
A note that is payable on a contingency is not negotiable, and the happening of the event does not cure the defect.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
Ken, it is said, acknowledged that under such a contingency he should feel wholly released from his allegiance.The English Church in the Eighteenth Century | Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
The House was relieved to hear from Mr. Brace that there was no immediate danger of this contingency.
Sir Robert Peel said, that he doubted the right of any one to catechise his party on the results of a contingency.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. | E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
British Dictionary definitions for contingency
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 since: Compare 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
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