[kuh n-tin-juh n-see]
- 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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2. emergency, likelihood, predicament.
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Examples from the Web for contingency
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
July 1, 2014
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
June 27, 2014
Instead, he semi-jokingly encouraged the “heavier” members of his contingency to perhaps make their way off stage.Charlie Rangel Dances On
June 25, 2014
Even the Czech Republic, which was formerly occupied by the Soviet Union, has ruled out such a contingency.Britain’s KGB Sugar Daddy
March 7, 2014
When the first aircraft went down, Nixon said, they had a contingency plan, and they started putting it into place.Black Hawk Down Heroes Recall the Battle
October 10, 2013
We may at least console ourselves with the reflexion that such a contingency is far off.The Roof of France
No contingency anywhere in the universe; no indifference; no liberty.
That was a contingency that never had occurred to White Connal.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
He left nothing whatever to chance, but provided for every contingency.Self-Help
Such a contingency as this had never been foreseen by that dispenser of proverbs.The Shadow of a Crime
- 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 contingency
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper