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[ kuhn-tin-juhn-see ]


, plural con·tin·gen·cies.
  1. dependence on chance or on the fulfillment of a condition; uncertainty; fortuitousness:

    Nothing was left to contingency.

  2. a contingent event; a chance, accident, or possibility conditional on something uncertain:

    He was prepared for every contingency.

    Synonyms: predicament, likelihood, emergency

  3. something incidental to a thing.


/ kənˈtɪndʒənsɪ /


    1. a possible but not very likely future event or condition; eventuality
    2. ( as modifier )

      a contingency plan

  1. something dependent on a possible future event
  2. a fact, event, etc, incidental to or dependent on something else
  3. in systemic grammar
    1. 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
    2. ( as modifier )

      a contingency clause

  4. logic
    1. the state of being contingent
    2. a contingent statement
  5. dependence on chance; uncertainty
  6. statistics
    1. the degree of association between theoretical and observed common frequencies of two graded or classified variables. It is measured by the chi-square test
    2. ( as modifier )

      the contingency coefficient

      a contingency table

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Word History and Origins

Origin of contingency1

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

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Example Sentences

In general, brand and media spend is going through serious schedule shifting and contingency planning.

From 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.

From 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.

From Ozy

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.

From Digiday

We had contingency plans about how to manage if X percent of staff were ill, now that feels naive.

From 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.

All the money would be classified as war funding in the overseas contingency operations part of the defense budget.

Turkey has cooperated at times with Israel and the West on contingency planning for Syria during its civil war.

He arrived in L.A. with nowhere to go, no job, no money, and no contingency.

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.

Ken, it is said, acknowledged that under such a contingency he should feel wholly released from his allegiance.

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.


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